This movie explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan). Queen of France at sixteen and widowed at eighteen, 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 (Margot Robbie). 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
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Madam, we cannot let her name your successor. She has no right.
Queen Elizabeth I:
When I am dead and you are dead and she is dead, it matters not what names we did or did not say. The world will decide for itself.
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This film could have been so much better if the writers has stuck to historical accuracy.
I wont repeat what other reviewers have commented on the politically correct box ticking in both casting and script, that were clearly aimed at the Hollywood Awards committees. (You can't get an Oscar or a Globe these days if you haven't covered the wickedness of the patriarchy, racism and gender issues to an acceptable degree for the California luvvies).
The other issue that bugs me is how people keep assuming that Mary & Elizabeth were sisters.
They were not, they were distant cousins. The confusion is that Queen Mary i of England, who was Elizabeth's sister and the other daughter of Henry Viii is a completely different character.
Even after seeing this film many audiences have still not understood the difference.
I've even seen tourists in Westminster Abbey comment on the fact that the Queen Mary i, buried alongside Elizabeth is Mary Queen of Scots. No No No.
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