Mary Queen of Scots

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  124 min.
Release Date:
December 14, 2018 - Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver
December 21, 2018 - Expands
DVD: February 26, 2019
Blu-ray: February 26, 2019
Digital: February 19, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 3.16
based on 64 votes and 24 reviews
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Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Joe Alwyn, Jack Lowden, Ian Hart, David Tennant, Brendan Coyle, Martin Compston, Gemma Chan

Synopsis

Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), who was the Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18. Defying pressure to remarry, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie).

Mary sends Elizabeth a letter saying that she hopes they will be able to rule side by side in harmony. Elizabeth reponds affirmatively and graciously. However, there is grumbling amongst the male courtiers about having to serve women. They try to turn Elizabeth against Mary, calling her their foe. 

Mary weds again, this time to Henry Stuart and gives birth to a son, James. Elizabeth, who is still childless, begins to believe that Mary wants to take over the English throne. Elizabeth’s male advisors insist she should go to war with Scotland. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and lead to tragic outcomes.

Director: Josie Rourke
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward
Screenplay: Beau Willimon
Official Site: MaryQueenofScotsFilm.com

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  • 1 star "I was very disappointed with this film. There were too many discrepancies between history and this movie. Both queens were inadequately presented. I found it hard to believe that Elizabeth was scarred or that Mary was realistically portrayed. I expected more than this from the reviews and was very disenchanted with the whole movie. Reality took a back seat and even the beautiful costuming couldn’t save it."
  • 1 star "Absolutely horrible! First scene is a black guy in ruffles in some important position...there were no blacks in England or EU at that time. Then all PC LGBT inserts; making people gay who wern't. This is one silly PC hack job and should be in the bargain bin the day it was shot. Of course the brainwashed will enjoy this, not knowing how absurd it all is."
  • 1 star "Another idiotic politically corrected fake history movie, with black actor dressed up like Sir Walter Raliegh. No negroes were anywhere in the world until the negroes started selling each other to the arabs then to the portuguese first then spaniards back in the late 1500's, after the Spaniards and Portugese ran out of indians having killed most of them in the new world. And....you know a movie is going to be bad when it starts off with a dream sequence; the hallmark of bad direction and bad writing."