Mary Queen of Scots (2018)



Mary Queen of Scots is a 2018 biographical drama film directed by Josie Rourke and starring Soairse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden and Joe Alwyn. The film chronicles Mary Queen of Scots (Ronan) and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I (Robbie) and the 1569 between their two countries.

Though this film is not completely historically accurate, it is still well done. Soairse Ronan does an outstanding job as Mary and Margot Robbie is equally great as Elizabeth. The film focuses mostly on Mary and very little on Elizabeth. I feel it should have focused on both queens equally and the title should have either both their names or something to do with both of them. The acting in this movie is fantastic from all the main characters, but that doesn’t make the film any less drawn out or slow. There is is also far too much sex. If this film had been more exciting and there had been less sex, it would have been more enjoyable.

I found myself really bored at times, almost falling asleep. For being a big fan of biographical films and both Ronan and Robbie, I was expecting so much more. This film had me wanting it. The scenery was breathtaking, the costumes fabulous and music absolutely beautiful, but all of it combined didn’t make up for dullness this film had. If you’re looking for an incredible historical drama, I wouldn’t bother with this one. This film is good, not great, very boring at times and very slow at times too. I wouldn’t waste time and money seeing this on the big screen, it’s nothing special. Not Golden Globe or Oscar worthy at all. 18+ 3/5


2 thoughts on “Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

  1. I love period pieces and I thought “Mary Queen of Scots” was very well done. I agree that Margot Robbie should have gotten equal amount of screen time as Soairse Ronan but then again the movie wasn’t about her. Both are phenomenal actresses and both deserve recognition this Oscar season for the portrayal of both Queens.

    I saw “The Favourite”, another period piece, the same week I saw “Mary Queen of Scots” and I liked it more. Did you see that one? It was fantastic, dark yet funny, also laden with inaccuracies but still rather entertaining.


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