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Mary Queen of Scots

Not one Queen, but two this week.

Unlike The Favourite, l knew something about these two Queens; Elizabeth 1 and Mary Queen of Scots. I think most of us will have seen images of Elizabeth 1, maybe not so many of Mary.

First off, can l say what wonderful performances by the two main characters. Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are brilliant and it’s good to see films showing strong female characters. The whole cast were brilliant with a standout being an unrecognizable David Tennant as John Knox.

The film is based on John Guy’s novel Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart. Is the film 100% historically accurate, l doubt it. Most of these films are more of an interpretation. It was shot in Scotland and England and the Scottish scenery, in particular, was stunning. The costuming and make up were wonderful and that white face of Margot Robbie near the end is truly scary.

So, overall a great film that’s well worth watching. There are a few niggles for me, but, they are only minor. It did veer into melodrama a few times and l think they took liberty with history, but, these are only nitpciking by me.

If you see this film for no other reason, see it for a wonderful acting display by the cast as a whole.

4 out of 5 star.

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