England, the mid-16th century. Young Elizabeth has been crowned Queen, but her throne doesn't look all that comfortable. She has many enemies at court, diplomatic relations with Spain, France and Scotland are becoming ever more complex and her love life is getting a bit tricky...
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It stormed the BAFTAs, nabbed a Golden Globe and collected seven Oscar nominations, so it's not exactly a pig of a movie. But then, with all the critical hoorays, you'd expect it to be far better than it actually is, lacking as it does a strong narrative drive.