Last weekend my husband and I went to see “Mary Queen of Scots”.
In general, I am a fan of period pieces so that alone interested me. I was also interested because in March of 2018 we spent five days in Scotland, not to mention the fantastic cast lead by Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.
I really enjoyed the movie, but it wasn’t without its flaws. Over all the film is entertaining from start to finish, it creates the feel of both Scotland and England, it has great costumes and great acting. The film has several historical inaccuracies. Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I never met in real life. That is one change to the film that I am okay with. I do feel that a film that is about these two women needs the dramatic scene when they met. However, several other issues including racial representation that while may be well a positive intention but serve as a bit of a distraction. Based on research I have done since I saw the film Mary’s second husband was bisexual but there are some of his actions in regards to who he has sexual relations with that seem to be for a dramatic purposes and seem highly unlikely to have happened in real life.
I also feel like the film could have gone more in depth with showing Mary’s flaws. Surely, not all of her mistakes were simply because the men around her didn’t want her to rule and succeed. Still, despite these flaws the film is strong.
The acting is the best part of the film. For more than a decade Saoirse Ronan has shown she is a powerhouse which is unreal considering she is only twenty-four years old. She delivers another great performance here (although I think Mary would probably have a French accent and not a Scottish accent).
Up until a little over a year ago I thought Margot Robbie was a no talent hack who only relied on her beauty and sexuality. That opinion of her changed with her great performance as Tonya Harding in 2017’s in “I, Tonya”. I was once again blown away by Margot Robbie here. She knocks her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I out of the park. She shows this great monarch in varying stages of her life and shows that she is as diverse as Saoirse Ronan, which I never would have imagined saying two years ago.
“Mary Queen of Scots” isn’t a perfect movie but it’s worth seeing for anybody who likes historical period pieces, Scottish History, English History or the two actresses who shine in their roles.
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