I graduated from college with a classics degree, along with a mountain of debt. I am familiar with Boudicca, but I believe that a number of other individuals have not had a chance to properly understand the impact that this Celtic queen had on any sort of rebellion against the Roman empire. Warrior Queen is a story about Boudicca’s trials and tribulations, and the lead role is filled by Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who). This 2003 film has a number of other seasoned actors, with Emily Blunt (Gnomeo and Juliet, The Adjustment Bureau) as Boudicca’s daughter Isolda and Steven Waddington (The Last of the Mohicans) as King Prasutagus (Boudicca’s husband).
The film itself sticks very true to historical accounts of Boudicca, while the costuming and location shots will further increase the ambiance and the immersion that viewers will have in the film. The 99 minute runtime gets in all the relevant facts and ramps up the drama and suspense considerably, but it is this length that represents the only weakness that the film can be said to have.
One has to understand that the extant amount of data about Boudicca is fairly small, and to create further stories about eir from full cloth would be to detract from the allure of eir exploits. While it would have been nice to have a six or seven hour miniseries about Boudicca, I believe that Bill Anderson’s work in crafting this tale is beyond reproach. If you like historical drama and want one of the better films about one of ancient history’s lesser-known figures, make it a point to hit up Amazon or a well-stocked video store and pick up a copy of BFS Entertainment’s DVD release of Warrior Queen.
Warrior Queen (DVD) / 2011 BFS Entertainment / 99 Minutes / http://www.bfsent.com