Friday, October 12, 2007

Adding an author! Also, Elizabeth sucked.

Within the next 24 hours, Terp Soup will add another author, a fellow UMD student. He'll be concentrating mostly on sports, freeing me up to do more politics. Look for him to start posting soon.

Went to see Elizabeth: The Golden Age. If you're interested in history, do not see this movie. Blanchett and Clive Owen were decent, Geoffrey Rush was criminally underused and the director decided to do wide, sweeping panoramic shots every 30 seconds just to show how pretty the costuming/set was. The writing was mediocre, and the conflict between England and Spain was glossed over: The line in the commercial about not letting the Inquisition (what a show!) come to England was the only reference to the massive Protestant-Catholic tensions. That line, and a very poorly developed subplot involving Mary, Queen of Scots and the "Enterprise of England." This could have/should have been a bigger focus, especially since Geoffrey Rush could have been involved in the movie then. But hey, I guess if you spend that kind of money, 15 minutes of panning around a dance is OK.

The climax of the movie, the scene where they English fleet led by Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake (call him Francis and he really would kill you), was atrocious. Overdone with only a little, overwritten dialogue for about 20 minutes. And most of the battle was poorly-done CGI. Save your ten bucks, rent the DVD if you must, but if you're as into renaissance/16th century British history as I am, go get the first season of "The Tudors". Great stuff there.

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