Review: Mary, Queen of Scots
Let us rule side by side.
Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) has returned to Scotland to claim her rightful throne and attempts to persuade her cousin Queen Elizabeth (Margot Robbie) to name her the heir of England. They both have to put up with the men of their courts deciding that they know better than the women in power.
The two messages I got from this movie were 1) Men who don't see women as equals are the fucking worst. and 2) People who get butthurt over religion are the fucking worst. This is a yet another good example of a long hist of things gone wrong because of the two.
Kidding aside, I enjoyed this. It's been one of my most anticipated all year but recent reviews had me scale back my expectations. That worked in my favor because outside of Ronan and Robbie, Adrian Lester and to a lesser extent, Eileen O'Higgins (Brooklyn is life), no one else really stood out. The majority of the men in this movie could've been interchangeable. No one was bad, they just didn't leave an impression.
What did leave an impression was the stunning hair and make up, The film is quite drab. It's always cloudy, the colors always muted except for the bright reds of our leading ladies' hair and Elizabeth's wardrobe.
Some might not like the historic liberties taken here, but this makes for a fine watch. I applaud the filmmakers for their diverse casting. Though, the trailer kind of ruined the films titular moment by showing so much of it. It makes the teasing they do leading up to it kind of useless.
Memorable Quote: "I'm more a man now than woman." - Queen Elizabeth (Margot Robbie)