Dancy's the Perfect Earl of Essex for Mirren's Eli
First of all, let me just state that although this film takes mucho liberties for the purpose of dramatization, it is still an exceptionally intriguing film, well worth the investment and the watching. For me personally, this film showcased the incomparable Dancy's talents quite effectively and his performance brilliantly enhanced that of Helen Mirren's as the Queen with a heart of a woman and the stomach of a man. I would imagine that one would have to possess the stomach of a man in order to bear the scenes of disembowelment and beheadings, which are clearly not meant to be viewed by the faint of heart. I literally turned away upon seeing the delightfully delectable Dancy suffering such a fate. Now many have questioned the possibility of the romance between Elizabeth and the Earl of Essex being a mere fabrication of the producers and scriptwriter imagination and also judging from some other reviews of this film, mainly it was strictly based on the age difference. I sincerely would like to believe that if the relationship did exist between the Queen and Essex, that it was one of genuine adoration and commitment if not an undying variety of love. So many seem to believe that Essex was merely interested in capitalizing on the fruits of being entangled in such a liaison would have offered him however, I do not think it is that far fetched that this charismatic minx could not have been enamored with the Queen for she did possess an enormous intellect and an exuberant personality, which is intensely seductive when coupled with the power of the throne. So perhaps, if the Queen had been willing to forsake the love of her countrymen for the love of one good man, I sincerely believe that the Earl of Essex might have stood a good chance especially if Mirren's depiction of the Queen losing control and bursting into tears after learning of Essex's "forbidden" venture to Lisbon, were even close to the truth. I still find myself wondering if any of the emotional outbursts were ever documented in the Queen's diary perhaps, otherwise how would anyone know exactly what occurred during her private times with Essex and other men in "her favor" for that matter? Well, whether or not these romantic events took place in the life of Queen Elizabeth I, there is no question that HBO's film about this revered leader, who placed her duty to her people above her own desires as a woman of "flesh and blood" who wanted to be loved for who she was as a woman and for that reason alone, forgetting the crown and the throne to, which she claimed as the scorned daughter of Henry VIII, is as intensely engaging as it is perplexing. In the end I believe, Queen Elizabeth I regretted the decisions that she made concerning the affairs of her heart, which ultimately came in second to the affairs of state. In my opinion this without question, made Elizabeth I a leader among men, regardless of the fact as indicated in the film, that she was very much a woman. A woman who by all appearances merely wanted to find a true blue kind of love unfortunately professional commitments inevitably cost her happiness on a human level. So in spite all of the other political successes and victories Elizabeth I won, committing to the love of her life is one feat she never managed to accomplish, and many may think it could have been because she forgot who she was without the crown, simply a girl, looking for the boy who would give her his heart for everything other than her kingdom.
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