When I think of Russia, I mostly think of hilarious dashcam videos. But Russia actually has a very rich history. So today we are going way back in time to the Elizabethan Era to watch Ivan the Terrible.
This film reminded me a lot of old silent films. There was use of Shadows to create dramatic effect. Also, the actors' faces and especially their eyes were exaggerated a lot the same way silent film actors do. Especially that guy who had a crush on I van's wife. That guy had he best eye game of all. So we learn from this film that Russia used to be many kingdom until Prince Ivan was crowned Tsar of all Russia, uniting the kingdoms. This made many people unhappy.
The worst person was the mother of all prince that we will call Big Hat Lady. She does not like Ivan and wants her son, a giant man-child, to rule. She really hates the queen, or tsarina, Anastasia. The Queen supports her husband, Ivan, in everything he does.