Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

DVD - 2019 | Widescreen version
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Queen of France at sixteen, widowed at eighteen, Mary Stuart defies pressure to remarry and instead returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. By birth, she also has a rival claim to the throne of Elizabeth I, who rules as the Queen of England. Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both Queens, driving them apart, as each woman experiences the bitter cost of power.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD M DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
laser optical,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1

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Historical drama from Josie Rouke, in her directorial feature debut, this looks at the complicated relationship between Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). Taking an unusual perspective, with a revisionist aspect, i.e. the plot considers what could have b... Read More »


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nelll
Mar 25, 2019

It was an alright movie....actually the Tudors were more exciting....Margo Robbie’s makeup in the last scene is very scary....she looks like IT’s twin sister....I have seen better portrayal of Mary....if you’re interested in Mary Queen of Scots I suggest you pick up Alison Weir’s books...they are really good.

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singidunum_25
Mar 23, 2019

Such a disappointment! What is happening with these period dramas lately? Too sad...

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trube
Mar 19, 2019

After reading all the negative reviews on the library website and others online.
I thought the movie couldn't be that bad. I should have left it on the shelf and not wasted any of my time.

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marcos_santiago
Mar 16, 2019

The movie is poor, but I had a blast watching it. I can give it only a 1-star rating. I got the DVD from the library, and watched it with my friend, who knows a lot about the Tudor period (I know the basics, she is close to an scholar). We had a lot of fun discussing the possible historical inaccuracies, down to the earrings that Mary wore, and how many piercings she had in reality, and we were pausing the movie quite a bit, to search for answers and clues in the internet. I learnt a lot. But not from the movie!

In the Bonus Material of the Blueray DVD (a feature called "An Epic Confrontation") the director starts by saying that "What we really wanted to do when we were working on the script was to get these two women to meet"...

Clearly, this is the main problem of the movie, there was a personal need from the director to alter historical fact, to make for a more personal film, to her own liking. Therefore, I would agree that this movie falls within the "fan fiction" category, as already pointed out by other reviewers.

Second problem: acting. Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie were not ready to play these characters properly. They both delivered poor performances.

Feel free to skip it.

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lindy919
Mar 15, 2019

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I turned this off after 45 minutes. I found it boring and nothing really drew me in to the story. Most of all, it did not have the epic feel that this time in history deserved. The men all seemed to be mindless drones buzzing around the queens; aside from David Tennant, with his great Scottish accent, I could not differentiate any of the unknown actors/extras playing them and I did not care.
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I can't speak to the historical inaccuracies that many have mentioned but I'm sure that my 15 minutes of high school European History on this topic were just as thorough (i.e. not thorough at all) as theirs. I would point out, however, that beloved historical pieces, such as Braveheart or Tombstone, are ABSOLUTELY BRIMMING with historical inaccuracies - but they were fun to watch. This is not meant to be a documentary but it has all the excitement of one.
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If you are interested in a decent documentary on this period and much more get the mini-series The History Of Britain by Simon Sharma.
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SAPL454
Mar 15, 2019

Great movie; great action!

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matcat44
Mar 15, 2019

This story has been done before and better.

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glennerr
Mar 14, 2019

They gloss over and completely skip way too much detail. This should have been a miniseries.

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rsmunoz
Mar 14, 2019

There's a lot of Hollywood slickness that jars against the time period that made me feel like I was watching dispassionately (and even occasionally rolling my eyes) instead of being fully engaged. Yet it intrigued me enough to make me followup with further research. (I had no idea that Elizabeth was ravaged by smallpox, for instance.) How sad that despite being two of the most powerful women of their time, in many ways they were still pawns of men (how galling). I recommend that you view the bonus material to better understand character and director motives.

lotuslori_8 Mar 11, 2019

This film is a shallow depiction of historical events. However, the costumes are great.

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