Mary, Queen of The Scots ★★☆☆☆

The look of MARY, QUEEN OF THE SCOTS, is where the film succeeds.  The costumes, the hair, the make-up, the landscapes.  Just those things alone make this film worthy of going to watch.  The two hour storyline is where the film, just like Mary at the end, (spoiler alert) dies.  Saoirse Ronan plays the title character Mary and Margot Robbie (SUICIDE SQUAD and I, TONYA) plays her cousin, Queen Elizabeth.  The film begins with Mary returning home to her native Scotland to take up her throne after the death of her husband in France.  With this, Elizabeth feels threatened that Mary will soon take claim to her throne and also that Mary, who is Catholic, taking the throne, the pope would be ruling England through Mary.  Through out the film, there is the constant back and forth drama between the two that sloppily plods along for two hours.  It feels like sitting through a boring inaccurate history class that is made to look amazing but ends up putting everyone to sleep.  The film does have a gay subplot involving Mary’s husband, claiming that he was gay and had an affair with her secretary.  Basically, the film feels like a showcase for the costume designers and hair/make-up crew.  If you are a fan of period piece films, then it might be worth checking out but if not, do not waste your time.

Words: Russell Boaz

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