Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

DVD - 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: Willowdale, Ont. :, Universal Studio Canada,, [2019]
Edition: EnglishFrench version
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION MAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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chriscoleman
Jun 21, 2019

Slow start but it does get better. FYI, her husband is gay and there are both gay sex scenes and oral sex scenes. I'm not a fan of Saoirse Ronan. She tends to underact or overact, not much of anything between. In this she was okay.

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voisjoe1_0
Jun 06, 2019

Based upon some of the reviews, I guess I liked this film more than most viewers. The basics of the story were 99% unknown prior to viewing, but the film seems to be fairly faithful to what I read in Wikipedia. I not so sure about the sexual orientations, etc. They may have been invented to maximize interest.

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iplay2
Jun 04, 2019

Why do people in "Hollywood" think they need to revise history to make a movie about this time in history? The real stories of the Tudors and the Stuart, the York's and the Lancaster's, etc etc are the greatest soap operas ever conceived in and of their own right. There is absolutely no need to fictionalize any of it. For instance, Elizabeth and Mary never , ever met. Elizabeth had always confessed that had she met Mary she would not have been able to sign the death warrant. Additionally, Mary's claim to the English throne is a complicated story in an of itself. She was the granddaughter of Henry viii's sister, Margaret who had married the king of Scotland. Her strong claim to the throne was based on whether Elizabeth was deemed to be a bastard as many did not recognize the marriage between Henry viii and Ann Boleyn. When Mary returned to Scotland after her husband, the king of France died, she did not stand a chance of a successful reign. She was surrounded by a bunch of thug and warring nobles, incredible religious strife between Catholics and Reformists, no loyal Scottish backing and the constant threat she presented to the English throne. She was doomed from the start. Whether or not she actively participated in a plot against Elizabeth has been the subject of many books. But rest assured that Elizabeth's 2 chief and very clever advisors, Cecil and Walsingham were master manipulators and politicians and one way or another would have succeeded in bringing Mary down regardless of her participation in any plot against Elizabeth. Hollywood, stick to the true historical facts and you will create a much more interesting and credible movie.

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CHRISTINE1S
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.

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BBRUTTIG
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).

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Martha C Benner
May 06, 2019

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

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vickmeister
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.

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samjenks
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.

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erydearie
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.

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CaptainHecto
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!

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