Parents' Guide to

Elizabeth I

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Handsome, talky HBO miniseries with Helen Mirren.

Movie NR 2006 211 minutes
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age 18+

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age 18+

Unnecessary violence

This series is beautifully acted and shows Elizabeth I in a sympathetic light. The sets and costumes are sumptuous and gorgeous. It seems fairly historically accurate and is quite interesting. However, the rating as ok for kids 14 and up is completely wrong, in my opinion. The graphic torture and execution scenes, which happen quite a bit, are brutal and disturbing. I realize HBO likes to push the envelope, but we can get the idea without all the gore. This is not for kids! To be honest, although I enjoyed the characters and storyline, I wish I hadn’t seen it.

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Mirren is majestic in the role of someone who still captivates the public imagination: a woman who had everything but set marriage and family aside in order to do her duty as a leader of a nation. Or was it more because all men around her were two-faced schemers with their eyes on the crown? It's hard to tell.

Elizabeth I is a very talky epic, and the script paints her in all shades, from the "Mum" who could inspire her subjects through crisis to a cloistered, uncertain woman who oversaw (or looked the other way) horrific executions and torture. Much is made here of the nationalism-driven hatred between Catholics and Protestants, a component usually overlooked in earlier tellings of Elizabeth's story.

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