Mary Queen of Scots
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Mary Queen of Scots
Mary Queen of Scots is a film that will always gild the lily, which proves fatal since its seemingly set in a garden of them.
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Lacking either the primal political brutality of Outlaw King or the delicious barbs of The Favourite, this Mary is a mere pretender.
Royal history was a bloody scrabble, and Willimons script just doesnt seem to grasp what it meant for post Reformation England to risk another Catholi ..
An epic look at the intimate frustrations of two massively powerful young women who spend most of their energy navigating between who they are and wha ..
Ronan also makes for a ferocious and believable leader, commanding the films two battle sequences with a uniquely adolescent fearlessness, but strengt ..
"Likewise, John Mathiesons cinematography elegantly captures Scotlands stunning vistas."
It doesnt always work, but the film makes for an entertaining argument to reevaluate the legacy of Mary Queen of Scots, beyond the time worn focus on ..
Perhaps the big question now is, is the slow, dreary beginning worth watching for the compelling conclusion
Unfortunately though, that doesnt happen until roughly midway through the film.
Despite battle scenes, shocking betrayals and violent reversals of fortune, this handsomely mounted, somewhat sluggish film is more interesting to tal ..
"123mins Two tragedies unfold in Mary Queen Of Scots, a historical drama which is often more thought provoking than it is enthralling."
For all the soulfulness Ronan has summoned elsewhereher performances in Brooklyn and Lady Bird are worthy of the silent eras most iconic turnsshes a l ..
If history is written by the winners, they havent done a very good job of burying Mary Stuart.
The film is led by a performance of thrilling regality and nuance from Saoirse Ronan as Mary note perfect..
REVIEW: There is something very satisfying in watching two talents like Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie both headline an epic historical drama.
Yet in some ways Mary feels less of the moment than other recent movies.
Cinematographer John Mathieson lends a painterly edge to the proceedings, contrasting bold sweeping landscapes with grand yet often imprisoning interi ..
Saoirse Ronans face looms out of the screen in this period movie like the figurehead on a warships prow: fierce, sharp, defiant.She inhabits the perso ..
Stage to screen transitions can often be patchy but Rourke makes for an accomplished film maker, artfully crafting some stunning imagery and pacing he ..
Yet, while this bond between Mary and Elizabeth offers a new perspective on both historical figures, the temptation to give into the tropes of the bio ..
A history lesson with more fire in the belly than most. It turns out that a feminist angle really can revive the same old Tudor psychodramas, thanks i ..
But even as it indulges its share of Favourite level revisionism, this engaging period drama plays it relatively straight in terms of the courtly mann ..
With Saoirse Ronan playing a young and fiery Mary, director Josie Rourke and screenwriter Beau Willimon are determined that the 16th century queen can ..
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Josie Rourke, in her screen directorial debut, has delivered an appealing and rigorous historical drama centered around bold and strong willed women r ..
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It begins with some printed text thats supposed to provide a backdrop, but it goes by pretty quickly, and as someone who is not already an expert on M ..
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Its an anti climactic and ultimately unsatisfying way to end the film.
The former film looks and acts like a historical drama, but does not feel true to the real story except for the finale, and even that does not do hist ..
The former film looks and acts like a historical drama, but does not feel true to the real story except for the finale, and even that does not do hist ..
Its not stodgy, though if anything, its too modern in its depiction of some characters attitudes about sex and sexuality.
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CLOSE Saoirse Ronan plays Mary Queen of Scots in the eponymous film, but its Margot Robbies Queen Elizabeth that may make you do a double take.
Its a tale as old as known drama, yet Willimon and Rourke give it some new life by seeing it through modern eyes.
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But even the gorgeous Scottish scenery, backdrops for romantic walks and horsebacks, lacks the majesty and visual pop that shooting on celluloid might ..
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It becomes a tale of what might have been a sisterhood of crowned heads turned into a competition for power that ultimately proved deadly.
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As she gets to the top, her guards, who are all kitted out in black, pull at the dress she is wearing, also black, and it comes away to reveal a stunn ..
Saoirse Ronan plays Mary Queen of Scots, who has ambitions for progressive reform in her home country and designs on the English throne, with a lumine ..
Robbie tries hard but is tiresomely hammy.Ronan, who seems more suited to the period, attempts a depth charged performance and fares somewhat better.
In the year of the radically raunchy and irreverent The Favourite, which screwed hilariously with the 18th century reign of Queen Anne by suggesting h ..
Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie shine in this exceedingly of the political moment telling of a compelling story, which will compete with the more outr ..
It leaves us with the sense that Mary had a bold spirit and a crusaders sense of justice.
Willimons script spends too much time on this soapy nastiness, neglecting some more engaging relational storytelling.
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The almost total lack of compelling elements ensures that theres never a point at which the viewer is even remotely invested in any of this, while the ..
The fact Robbie manages to bring a quiet dignity to a role thats part talcum powder, part flame coloured fright wig is a miracle.
Both queens also figured in and had to deal with an exceptional amount of political scheming in relation to each other as well as to the rest of their ..
Simultaneously, its refreshing to see people of color cast, not merely as background pieces spread about like bacon bits in a bland salad but given sp ..
Taking over the roles immortalised by Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson in the 1971 biopic, Ronan and Robbie are perfectly cast.
Certainly, after keeping its two central characters apart for close to two hours, it ends with a verbal showdown that livens things up considerably.
Is there room for two queens on a single island.In a single movie
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There is some consolation in that Ronan and Robbie remain excellent at their craft.The central conflict is hobbled by poor writing and design, but the ..
But that didnt stop Hollywood from dishing out Robbie and Ronans best acting for the sake of drama and tension.
Movie Review: Mary Queen Of Scots In the lush historical tragedy, Mary Queen of Scots, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie play the title character, and h ..
This is far from a girlie movie: Neither woman has the temperament or the appetite for victimhood, an Rourke doesnt stint on the brutal action scenes.
By the final half hour, double crosses are coming at such a dizzying pace that its virtually impossible for the movie to sustain a coherent narrative ..
A tale like this is tough to tell.And with two Queens its hard to gel.
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If the Scottish Tourist Board doesnt endorse this film, for doing for rugged mountains and heathery glens what the TV series Poldark does for Cornish ..
Theres too much comic book navel gazing but fans of the genre or either of the originals may find it hard to resist.
Is the worst thing about Mary Stuart that she is a woman, or that she is a Papist
The scale of the film is its greatest strength along with its perfect casting of Ronan and Robbie as Queen Elizabeth.Cinematic, powerful and dramatic, ..
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Focusing on the 15th century Scottish queen whose life was filled with controversies and a bitter competition with her cousin E...
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Then, too quickly, the story loses its momentum, its thematic bearings, and its emotional groundedness.
Susan Grangers review of Mary Queen of Scots (Focus Features/Working Title) Hollywoods fascination with female monarchs continues with this saga that ..
The film may seem over the top but, given the current global political circus where female politicians are targeted for their dancing, its ridiculousn ..
But Henry prefers to sleep with men and the resulting scandal almost leads to civil war.
More wigs, make up, costumes and Mean Girls posturing than history, but strong leads.
The friendship between these two women may be based on power games, but its also a love affair.
In the end, the films intended impact is severely hampered by clunky pacing and a convoluted plot that fails to engage.
The conflicts in it seem scattered, and while I maintain seeing both sides of this film is its strength, the inner conflicts of both sides can easily ..
And its a perfectly acceptable one as well, with lovely set design, sweeping cinematography and an excellent performance from Ronan at its core.
Yet the tamped down and smoothed out movie lacks the psychological acuity and the political reflection to develop its ideas.
It seems as if the story wanted some woke points for including a queer storyline, but its largely self defeating.
Answer: By creative and sometimes wearyingly constant intercutting and, in the final act, by cooking up a secret meeting on the borderlands of England ..
Still, the pleasures of a classy production with classy performers are not to be wholly dismissed.
The film may start slow but quickly picks up with plot development after plot development so rapidly and so excitingly that its easy to become surpris ..
Mary, Queen of Scots (6/10) by Tony Medley Runtime 125 minutes R There are some really good things about this film.Written by Beau Willimon from Dr. J ..
Read: The Favourite is a deliciously nasty satire of royal court intrigue Some have compared the films structure to Michael Manns Heat, which alternat ..
Beau Willimons stiflingly expository screenplay... moonlights as the undergraduate lecture David Starkey would give after a partial lobotomy.
If shooting what basically amounts to a condensed season of Game of Thrones is what it takes to sell this narrative, then so be it, because it works w ..
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Its desire to both say something about the world of its character and the world of today is a disparity not easily bridged and the film never quite ma ..
(Best) Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce actually falls in love with the woman hes been forced to marry, raises an army, earns the trust of his people, a ..
It comes alive when the fireworks between Mary and Liz finally explode, but its a long time coming, and the ride is a bumpy one.
If you want something more than that, its like the reaction will be more mixed.Thats no crimeterrific actors in pretty dresses have a long and storied ..
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While intellectually stimulating, from an emotional standpoint I just wasnt that invested in what was happening, and considering just how well made, b ..
Dramatising the familial and social complications in costumes is all too cliche at this point, and the straightforward and stale nature of the narrati ..
"Entertainment Weekly praises Ronans sensational portrayal of the wronged queen."
You dont get Blanchett, but you do get Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie interpreting historical drama as empty pageantry instead.
The result is a film that is a fine showcase for its two lead actresses but fails to satisfy.
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14.9k SHARES Facebook Twitter Despite its ruff collars and Elizabethan English, Mary Queen of Scots is no staid, stuffy period drama, as restrained as ..
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Anchored by the excellent interior locations, set design and costumes, this is a watchable mix of sex, violence and intrigue, but it never achieves th ..
But its breathless, complex Tudor political machinations favour dastardly court plotting over plot clarity.
This is a by the book historical account and the fireworks come primarily from the true political tenor of the times and the nuanced performances by R ..
Yet for all its progressiveness, theres something that holds Rourkes film back from greatness a sense that its welcome use of dramatic license hasnt b ..
The wait is well worth it, even though the film is overlong and sags a little around the middle.
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Its as if Rourke is trying too hard to embrace the visual and editing tools at her disposal, but at the expense of getting to the heart of these fasci ..
It takes an upper tier cast, a fascinating piece of historical drama, and truly burgeoning filmmaking talent in director Josie Rourke, and manages to ..
This might not be an entirely accurate history lesson, but its certainly an entertaining one.
Both are capable rulers, but their approaches differ, in part due to their personal histories.
I report with uneasy surprise that, in that regard, Mary Queen of Scots, from theater director Josie Rourke, earns its spot on the royal register. But ..
THIS much awaited, stylish but oddly thin film pits two mighty fine actors against each other.
The best reasons to see it are the performances of Ronan and Robbie.
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Theres something about Mary Stuart that the movies cant resist, and its no mysterythe spectacle of a fierce and formidable queen surrounded by schemin ..
Beau Willimons screenplay is dutiful and thorough, but it didnt inspire Rourke to make an electrifying film.
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Instead, the film wears its historical iconoclasm without much interest in interrogating it.
Its a real game of thrones, full of palace intrigue and backstabbing.
But the latest entries that reimagine queens courts could not be more different.
The first half especially is quiet dull and you sit through it because Saoirse is simply brilliant.
If you like your history served rare and well spiced, youll love it as much as I did.
Their parallel journeys each feel like half a movie but the movie never really comes together as a whole.
Chicago Sun Times
Mary Queen of Scots is a crisply acted tale of palace intrigue, loaded with betrayal and sexual machinations. Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie deliver ..
While this may seem like well worn material, Rourke shows withthere is always a different perspective deserving of its time to rule.
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Period drama MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (M18) 125 minutes/Opens Feb 28/2 stars The story: In 1561, Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) comes to Scotland from France ..
Havent we been here many times before, not least with that Nazi propaganda film given belated release, Mel Gibsons Braveheart
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Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan take on iconic roles and fiercely bring the #MeToo movement to the 16th century. Well, sort of.
Who knew that 16th Century Scotland was so very much like our own time and place
Elsewhere the film too often jumps between events and places instead of finding a steadier pace to tell this unwieldy story.
With sensitivity and grace, Rourke paints a portrait that maintains its grip on its subjects.
That may be the point, but the films two sides of the same coin take on Mary and Elizabeth presenting the former as symbol of youthful vivacity and fe ..
And therefore this elegant if ultimately empty feeling historical drama is better than it deserves to be.
A stunning performance from Ronan, one of the great talents of her generation, can save almost any movie.
(Another thing the film cant quite escape is Marys historically epic and awful life choices.).Mary Stuart isnt the best subject for this kind of film ..
Saiorse Ronan is proving to be an unstoppable force as an actress.
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Or could it be just that history itself grants majesty to the people conveyed therein
Its true that Elizabeth refused to marry or bear children, and that the resulting lack of an heir caused problems in her court.But framing the conflic ..
True to its title, the movie favors Mary in terms of screen time, and Ronan is certainly charismatic and expressive enough to hold the screen.
Still, its decent enough royalty porn, and as a fan of bright green fields against slate grey castles, Ill admit that the film at least gets the funda ..
This could have been the standard issue stuffy costume drama but debutante director Josie Rourke infuses the narrative with vitality.
Above all, Mary Queen of Scots excels at showing how womens bodies are so often weaponised against them... Its depiction of female bodies may not be s ..
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That said, the payoff of all the double crossing and duplicity is a whimper rather than a scream.
Robbie excels as the Queen who is jealous of Marys sassiness and beauty, but it is the sensational Ronan who rules the day.
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Director Josie Rourke follows the parallel yet very different lives of Mary and Elizabeth I and their coterie of confidantes (and faux confidantes) wi ..
Not just in its sexist depiction of its lead women but also in its archaic notions of man and womanhood.
Put it this way: The just released The Favourite is the winner at turning a stuffy genre upside down in a satisfying way.
The trailer promised fireworks, but Mary Queen of Scots is a disappointing and formulaic period piece that delivers a moody take on her royal rivalry.
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The scheming and hand wringing on display in the courts of Mary and Elizabeth becomes muddled and repetitive, lurching from frenzied denunciation to w ..
Ronan is by far the standout while Robbie is fine, but the movie would be far stronger without a competing narrative.
Mary Queen of Scots is an improvement over the pointless catfighting in The Favourite, but it misses a conclusion more solid than the idea that menfol ..
It kind of defeats most of the engagement you have towards the film.
But choppy editing and stilted story evolution never really do justice to what should be an epic and suspenseful tale of political machinations and po ..
As anything other than an actors showcase, this Mary has a tendency to plod along.
Behind the mesmerizing performance of one of the best leading women of her generation, Saoirse Ronan, and a spellbinding performance by Margot Robbie, ..
This is a moderately but consistently entertaining film, with but one extraordinary thing about it, which is Saoirse Ronan in the title role.
Theres a lot of material, then, from which to craft an exciting period thriller, but Willimon and Rourke ignore much of it.
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And since the queens never met in real life a historical misstep remedied here, as it has been in every movie ever made about Elizabeth and Mary the a ..
But this is so clumsily achieved it is even spoken out loud all the time.
This is a stunning directorial debut, the strong story telling and gorgeous visuals ranking alongside many of this years first time directors, includi ..
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The first feature from prestigious theatrical figure Josie Rourke is a flawed attempt to reframe the short life of Mary Stuart as a proto feminist ico ..
Safety in isolation is all these women could ever really hope for.
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Ronan brings youth, intelligence and plenty of backbone to the role of Mary.
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Despite attempts at freshening up the material, it comes off stale, another plodding historical drama that is far too familiar to be truly exciting.
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Although this is a drive by through history, the filmmakers stop and give the audience what they have been waiting for.
Both Robbie and Ronan are sensational in their roles, particularly Ronan who has the lions share of the two parts.
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Both actors shine in a rivalry that defined an era, and Scots offers a compelling story which may have to contend with the oft rowdy The Favourite for ..
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It just makes it dull and messy.The actors do their considerable best.
The writing and Rourkes brilliant directing heighten those feelings at every moment.
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The scenes of actual war definitely amount to nothing but noise, with stiff compositions of armies on horseback trodding hither and yon but never clas ..
Comparisons cant help but be made, and frankly, the latter comes out wanting.But not for lack of trying by the game cast.
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If the substance of the story matched the look of it, this movie could have done justice to two of historys most fascinating and transformative charac ..
Rourke places both on equal professional footing as competent leaders, but its Ronans ambitiously minded and honesty driven ruler that purposefully sh ..
Download Ronan and Robbie both put in strong performances, and the films embrace of over the top costuming and hairstyles means its fascinating to loo ..
Instead, we get a talkative Masterpiece Theater like production that takes a ... feminist slant to illustrate the difficulties women monarchs had to e ..
Ronan is fantastic, it hardly needs saying, and is both fierce and tender as Mary.
Its less a satisfying movie than a beautifully burnished actors showcase.
The effort is exactly what a rigorously executed and beautiful period drama like Mary Queen of Scots deserves.
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Give it time about long enough to realize youll never remember everybodys name, and dont really need to and this costume drama finds its groove in its ..
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Ronan appears so delicate and attractive, but opposite her kindness is ferocious might and determination to retain the crown.
But its admirable intentions are undone by twisting its narrative too far, leaving us with a film that feels rather insincere and disjointed.
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Occasionally these contrasts can be overstated and ironically patronising.
Mary Queen of Scots has plenty to offer ... delivered by excellent performers. Its not without its weaknesses, but still packs a punch.
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Despite some fine performances, Mary Queen of Scots ends up being a wonderful looking but still rather dull affair.
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While this means I cant attest to the veracity of Mary Queen of Scots, however, it doesnt stop me from wondering about its lukewarm reception.
But once, sadly, Marys life gets more and more tragic, the movie gets more thrilling and the pace speeds up, and it manages to make long scenes of dia ..
Josie Rourkes royal smackdown, Mary Queen of Scots, isnt the first biopic to take liberties with history nor will it be the last.
Yet none of that matters as much as this: Rourke takes a fascinating, if familiar story, and makes a movie that leeches away most everything that is i ..
At the center are fiery women fighting for their rightful place, queer representation and diverse casting that elevate this period drama and raises th ..
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS Audio Review Double Toasted Rating Matinee MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS Audio Review Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Stuart d ..
This can occasionally turn audiences away from very fertile dramatic territory, but in the hands of a good filmmaker, the material can shine.
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Its basically House of Cards for royal politics. You get to watch two smart and savvy women make political maneuvers.
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And yet it never manages to quite get over the top.While the performances from both Ronan and Robbie are outstanding and the look and tone of the film ..
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Its often beautiful to look at, the costumes and make up are excellent, and the production design is quite magnificent.
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Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie give performances fit for queens in the surprisingly timely period drama Mary Queen of Scots.
It could have been accomplished but with a better nod to the history of both.
The two lead actresses deliver compelling, even moving performances.
Mary Queen of Scots is billed as a showdown between two hardened female monarchs, battling for title, supremacy, and future United Kingdom lineage.In ..
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Despite the lackluster payoff, Mary Queen of Scots is worth watching for the performances of Ronan and Robbie alone.
But theres no escaping that its slowly evolving story is its biggest weakness.
The final act appears to be a rushed job that it is virtually impossible for the film to sustain a coherent narrative rhythm, making the entire constr ..
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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS There is ample majesty in Josie Rourkes Mary Queen of Scots..Two majesties in fact, though one wanted to expand her power, and lik ..
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The use of non traditional casting is welcome.Thats not to say this is entirely artistic licence.
When it comes to historical accuracy, Hollywood is notoriously unreliable.However there is more than enough to compel audiences in Mary Queen of Scots ..
Those two performances have nothing in common except the vastness of Ronans artistic talent.
So, it feels almost treacherous to confess that Mary Queen of Scots left me as cold as the execution axes blade and thats after watching twice to make ..
Ronan and Robbie simply shine in this dark drama that manages to create a new raucously savage way of telling an age old fascinating story of Mary and ..
Though straying from historical facts, it still seems as unexciting as if coming out of a textbook study.
Darnley is the character that Rourke seems to have taken the most artistic licence with in an attempt to make this film resonate with modern audiences ..
Josie Rourkes direction and overall vision for the film lacks any real cinematic sense.
On screen, you have a complete and total misfire, that buries compelling drama in favor of half baked modern political analogue.
Ill pacing and bland storytelling betray this powerhouse showcase of Ronan and Robbies boundless talents.
This film has a visual and editorial flare which deserves recognition, just as much as the performances and costumes.
It is fairly described as a staid, stale genre that offers catnip for fans but could elicit a decisive elbow shrug for others.
Rourkes film doesnt reduce its queens reign to a compare and contrast study in femininity.
It is indeed a supreme pleasure watching two of todays finest actresses effortlessly carrying the film.
Times Of Malta
Mary Queen of Scots is a film comprised of beautiful pieces with absolutely zero substance at the center.
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The story is disjointed, but from what I gathered, the life of a Queen, just plain sucks... except maybe for the wig selection.
In fact, the film should be commended for being one of the few period pieces that consciously cast actors of color all over the place, a reminder that ..
From the start, its Saoirse Ronan who is simply killer with her portrayal of Mary, turning in a performance superior to that of Katharine Hepburn in J ..
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All in all, this is a film with some good intentions that failed to deliver.
Sixteenth century collars and necklaces accentuate its paleness and vulnerability.
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