Metacritical score: 64
Two strong performances from Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie ankar Mary Queen of Scots Two women’s costume drama – Mary Stuart and Elizabeth Tudor, aka Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England – as they try to reign their rightful domains while being provoked and manipulated by power hungry but inevitable men around them.
Directed by Josie Rourke from a manuscript of the House of Cards author Beau Willimon, the film focuses mainly on the ways Mary and Elizabeth fall and then raises over the collective passions of the disloyal men is their substances. The men often pay lip service to their queen while they backbite and plot against her ̵
1; and the women’s best ammunition against this plot can be to merge and form an alliance.
The current mood at the end of Mary Queen of Skott feels known for many years in 2018: Why have men ever allowed to rule? There is something strikingly recognized in the portrait of men who are dragged by their lusts and egon when they come too close to power. You would almost say that it was modern, if it was not so obviously historic too.