In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne (Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail (Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
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Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history.Written by
The film is based on Dr. John Guy's biography "Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart", and centers around the theory that the two may have met, and looked each other in the eye as they contemplated their kingdoms' fates. History buffs have objected to Guy's theory that the two met up. Guy told Deadline Hollywood that six years ago, "an auction house possessed documents that indicated the two complicit, yet warring cousins, had a meeting that was in the cards." See more »
Earthy, feminist royalty tale with strong lead performances
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS takes an earthy, feminist view of the infamous 16th Century squabble between the Scottish ruler Mary (Saoirse Ronan) and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) of England. Feature debuting Director Josie Rourke does a decent job (along with writers Beau Willimon and John Guy) of putting the viewer through the usual paces of battles, intrigue and deceit in these monarchy stories.
What sets the movie apart from the average are the two actresses. Ronan (who is 24, but, can still credibly play a high schooler as she did last year in LADY BIRD) reminds us that many of these Monarchs of yore were but mere teens when they ascend to power. Mary is 18 when the story begins (having already been married at 16 and widowed). Ronan shows both the strength of her character, but also the impetuousness of youth - young lust among them. Robbie has never been better, particularly as the movie moves along and her choices become more and more difficult. Credit, too, for putting herself through some pretty hideous-looking makeup.
Max Richter's score does a fine job of highlighting the drama, while John Mathieson's cinematography is well composed, if more than a little hampered by the use of digital (dark, murky settings do not highlight the strengths of that medium). The Costuming is spot on. The rest of the cast acquits themselves well, even in the shadow of the dominating leads. MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS makes for a more than equal match to this season's THE FAVOURITE for your own Royal double feature.
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