Heavy Metal

July 27, 2011

I was in my local Sainsbury’s the other day and was intrigued to see that no less than 5 of the top 40 DVDs feature serious quantities of plate armour – five films set in the medieval or early modern periods or based on historical events in those periods.

  • Ironclad
  • Season of the Witch
  • Army of Valhalla
  • 1612
  • Henry of Navarre

I usually enjoy this sort of thing. A couple of them look a bit silly but couldn’t be any worse than King Arthur. I had not been aware that there had been a recent movie about Henry of Navarre, the great Huguenot leader. From reviews on Amazon it seems that there is more action in the bedroom than the battlefield (shades of The Tudors) but they are generally positive about the film overall. I’ll try to watch it at some point this summer.

 

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Elizabeth

November 10, 2007

I went to see Elizabeth – The Golden Age this evening. It’s certainly worth seeing, but sadly not a patch on the original. The fear and suspicion of its predecessor are gone, as are the shadows around Walsingham. England stands for liberty and freedom of thought rather than Protestant truth. And Cate Blanchett doesn’t look like a woman in her fifties when the Spanish boats come over the horizon. They could have done more with the naval battle. Redeeming features – great cinematography in places, sets and costumes as good as you could ask for, two scenes with Dr. John Dee, and the most evil bad guys I have seen since the child-catcher in Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang. Those Spanish dudes are really evil. Even little Isabella is kind of scary. Fails to convince in the way Elizabeth did, but still worth seeing, especially when you think of some the dross showing at the minute.