From the trailer, I thought The Golden Age, the new movie about Elizabeth I, starring Cate Blanchett, was bound for glory.
But I've read two reviews today - slate.com and the NY Times - that, while not exactly damning it with faint praise, do tend towards the scathing.
'Textile porn' was how slate.com's reviewer rather clumsily labelled it, an obvious acknowledgement of the movie's lavish cozzies.
Both reviews, however, were full of admiration for our Cate's performance, thank the stars.
Here's a well-turned quote from the NY Times piece:
'The blurring of fact and fancy is, of course, routine with this kind of opulent big-screen production, in which the finer points of history largely take a back seat to personal melodrama and lavish details of production design and costumes. In this regard "The Golden Age" may set a standard for such an adulterated form: it’s reductive, distorted and deliriously far-fetched, but the gowns are fabulous, the wigs are a sight and Clive Owen makes a dandy Errol Flynn, even if he’s really meant to be Walter Raleigh, the queen’s favorite smoldering slab of man meat.'If you want to read more, click here.