Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

Blu-ray Disc - 2019 | Blu-ray version, 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: Blu-ray version, widescreen version
Branch Call Number: BLU-RAY M DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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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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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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bobgrant
Mar 05, 2019

I had great reservations when I saw the trailer for this movie. The fact that it's release was delayed significantly didn't add to my confidence. It is indeed lavish in costuming and setting. Historically, it's out to lunch in time and accuracy. Saoirse Ronan's accent is ... variable. And they seem to have thought that Holyrood Palace was built either as part of a cave or into a mountain, as there are scenes with huge slabs of raw stone in the background. It is, as we know, a free-standing, dressed-stone building fit for royalty. They also seem to have disappeared the Royal Mile and all of Edinburgh, as Holyrood stands in splendid isolation, and apparently also a quick morning's dash to the border.

I think you might like this if you appreciate HBO history and don't care if you can't figure out who anyone is, other than Bess or Mary. If you are looking for a good movie, interesting plot and some semblance of historical accuracy, this is not it.

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Starpaws
Mar 04, 2019

Exquisitely executed version of a historically familiar tale from a very interesting angle. Shows the doomed queens - both raised to be leaders, but female nonetheless - and the struggle of being such in a very dangerous, man's world. "How cruel men are" to quote Elizabeth and rightly so. While historically the version of Elizabeth with Cate Blanchette, which was more like The Godfather in it's climactic scenes, this version of Elizabeth provides the gut punch of cruelty to any type of human compassion in a leader. No it isn't accurate "history" (none of us were there), but like any well told story, it's thought provoking and better.

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Mee49
Mar 02, 2019

I watched this last night (or should say I tried to...). What a mess historically. Pure fan fiction. Too bad... it might have been a good movie with the budget behind it. Unfortunately, it had the wrong director who wanted to make a politically correct movie for the Instagram/Facebook generation. Cleaning your bathroom might be a better use of your time.

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