Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

Blu-ray Disc - 2019
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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: EnglishFrenchSpanish version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dolby Atmos,Dolby digital plus 7.1,Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
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May 24, 2019

This could have been a great movie if the screenwriters cared about actual history; I don't think Mary and Elizabeth's story needed to be embellished to be fascinating. I thought it unnecessary to make Elizabeth the "bad guy" and Mary "good". Some of the inaccurate details drove me crazy, for example, Mary was raised in France, I don't believe she would have a Scots accent; if you can't even get that right, how can you trust anything in this movie?! But, if you just want to watch a movie set in Tudor times about dueling queens, this was might be a good FICTION movie for you.

May 07, 2019

A beautiful historical setting movie. Well acted. Anyone wishing to see how the English & Scottish monarchy ruled in the 1500's; back stabbing, jockeying for power, intrique, death politics and how family shanked family (political wise).

Martha C Benner
May 06, 2019

Liked this movie a lot and the acting was excellent. Love period pieces most of the time.

May 06, 2019

Pros: well-acted by the two leads and support players, gorgeous sets and era-appropriate costumes. Cons: told in a confusing fashion; even as someone who knows the basic story of Mary's life and the conflict with Elizabeth, I found it hard to follow. A lot of sex that doesn't necessarily support the plot, and the ending was glossed over and unsatisfactory. It is definitely Mary's story we are seeing, with Elizabeth as almost a background character. It sheds an interesting light on the story of how Mary's husband was mysteriously killed by a man whom she then promptly married. Overall I give it a C.

Apr 26, 2019

If this movie stayed true to fact is was good and except for all the sex (which could have been left out) it might be shown to kids in school.

Apr 25, 2019

Enjoyed this movie! The performances of Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robie were extremely well done. It was a long story condensed to 125 minutes, so highlights were only hit. I can understand why some watchers may think it was rushed. As with many historical events, this one associated with the royal families of the time has its tragedy, what we today consider unjust, as well as strange events that occurred in that time period.
Overall, an enjoyable film to watch, the costumes are superb, the acting and settings are very well done.

Apr 23, 2019

Good acting by the principals (and by Guy Pearce as Cecil) plus the costumes and cinematography make this worth watching. But the film is, of necessity, rushed; a six-episode series à la 'Wolf Hall' would have been the right vehicle for Mary Stuart's dramatic story. That said, the insurmountable drawback here is Beau Willimon's screenplay. Doubtless under Josie Rourke's baleful instructions, he has turned Mary's political challenge to Elizabeth into a melodrama about 'gender' (the 'sisterhood' of two strong women who find themselves 'alone' in a world of unfeeling, weak, bullying, untrustworthy men in black). This message is belabored throughout the film, but it peaks in the (apocryphal) meeting between Mary and Elizabeth, during which Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are forced to utter one cringe-worthy line after another. If only Andrew Davies could have been parachuted in to rescue the film by rewriting the script from top to bottom!

Apr 19, 2019

Mary Queen of Scots: the woman, the myth, the martyr. If you think of Mary as a heroine tragically prevented from ruling, you'll like this movie. If you think of her as a tone-deaf political player who lost, there are better films. Saoirse Ronan is a fine actress, but too young to be persuasive -- and Mary needs all the persuasion she can get to convince us she was/would have been a good queen.

Apr 15, 2019

The depiction of John Knox is very interesting.

Apr 02, 2019

I thought the acting in the movie by the two stars, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie was superb!! Ms. Ronan is Irish, so I sometimes thought her Scots accent was a little strange. Historically, since she was raised in France from age 5 to age 18, her accent should have been French.... The strength in her countenance and actions were great. Margot Robbie did such a good job of becoming Elizabeth I that I did not recognize her - now that is truly becoming a character. Although the movie follows the basic story arc, it plays fast and loose with some of the history, especially concerning the second and third husbands and the "meeting". I will never understand why Hollywood has to put extra sex, violence, and creative history into a film. It always seems to be an insult to me - I could not possibly love a film with "just the facts". It is one of the reason that I often prefer documentaries and foreign films to our own dramas. Still recommend the film, but remember this is not documentary history.. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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