Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots is another highly anticipated film.  We are big fans of both Margot Robbie (Goodbye, Christopher Robin) & Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird).  This is Robbie’s “ugly” film, playing the strong Elizabeth I, determined to not be sidetracked by a man or men.   Small pox left the Queen scarred, hence the famous white makeup.  Ronan is perfect as the younger, emotive Mary Stuart.  Surprised by the lack of respect from her council, she reacts emotionally.   Desperate to bring both countries an heir, she makes some poor choices.  Some of the back stories seem to be a little far fetched, no one can really know the truth.  Besides the ladies in waiting, the cast is rounded out by quite a few hunks from the UK.  Guy Pearce, Joe Alwyn (Boy Erased, The Favourite), Martin Compston, Jack Lowden (Dunkirk) and Brendan Coyle just to name a few.  I was fascinated by the entire film, that it was so engrossing even though you know how it’s going to end.  I do wish they had delved more into Mary’s time in captivity.  The scenery was breathtaking, makes you want to book a flight for Scotland today.   The costumes and production design, flawless.  The hair was amazing!  With all of its pomp and grandeur, this movie definitely benefits from a theater screening.

Our Rating for Mary, Queen of Scots

4.5 Cupcakes Rating - The GBY

Official Trailer for Mary, Queen of Scots

Official Synopsis for Mary, Queen of Scots:

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.

Overview

Cast Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce, Joe Alwyn, Martin Compston, Jack Lowden, Brendan Coyle
Director Josie Rourke
Screenwriter Beau Willimon, based on the book “Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart” by John Guy
Cinematographer John Mathieson
Editor Chris Dickens
 Production Companies Focus Features, Working Title Films, Perfect World Pictures
Run Time 124 minutes
Genre Drama, Biography, History
Premier AFI Fest 2018

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