I saw Elizabeth: The Golden Age on Saturday. Hmmm. I liked the original much better I must say, but this one still had one hell of a good performance from Cate Blanchett and excellent costumes and visuals. The story was a bit slow, but it had its moments, although the music was quite intrusive and irritating! England was really weak in the 1580s, and the miracle of having thwarted Spanish invasion was certainly quite a triumph. Spain was super powerful at the time! They had a large world empire and the backing of the Catholic church. Protestant England and that "whore" Elizabeth I had to be stopped in the eyes of Felipe II, but alas, the great and mighty Spanish Armada could not quite get onto the English mainland, thanks to Anglo tenacity and the treacherous seas/winds in their favor. The film made the enemy in the story quite obvious and I found myself laffing at times at the way los españoles were portrayed, but I suppose the Spaniards (whom I have a love/hate relationship with due to my background) really were religious zealots after all.
Alas, little England took a while to take its place on the world stage and eventually became a powerful empire herself. And Paul McCartney my friends, is part of that British legacy! AHAHAHA! Still going through a nasty divorce with Heather. Jaysus! No settlement as of yet, because she wants to be able to discuss the marriage, while Paul's not too keen on her sharing all the details. All those brilliant songs, the world tours, the royalties from us loyal fans; who freakin' knew then that some of Paul's amazing fortune would someday end up in the hands of the one-legged gold digger?! The bitch is set for life, since they do share a daughter. She's a smart one indeedy oh! Poor Paul has called divorce "hell." Ya think?!
By the way, not that I'm all that and a bag of Ruffles, but why does Paul's only son James look so odd in this very recent photo?!Sir Paul at son-in-law Alasdhair Willis's exhibition in London. From left, Willis, McCartney, his son James, and daughters Mary and Stella.