Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

Blu-ray Disc - 2019
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Queen of France at sixteen, widowed at eighteen, Mary Stuart defies pressure to remarry and instead returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. By birth, she also has a rival claim to the throne of Elizabeth I, who rules as the Queen of England. Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both Queens, driving them apart, as each woman experiences the bitter cost of power.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: EnglishFrenchSpanish version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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steve1111
Jul 10, 2019

Alas, here we go again with another episode of British history only this time we have an Australian and Irish/American playing the lead roles of the two dueling queens. For Mary to have a Scottish accent is patently absurd given her up bringing in France, and good queen Bess appears to have borrowed the wig from "Alice in Wonderland" and the red queen. Perhaps another example of the movie making machinery running out of original ideas so they delve into history complete with another rewrite and of course more sex!
Otherwise good acting and costumes!!

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mccly002
Jul 08, 2019

I thought the movie was worth the watch for anyone interested in these historical figures, although there were historical inaccuracies/fiction added throughout. I also thought the film was jumpy in moving from scene to scene and did not spend enough time diving into certain parts of the story. It seemed very surface level. But the main actresses did a great job in portraying these women and should be commended. I also liked that a female director was telling the story of these two women.

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richmole
Jul 06, 2019

Almost didn't watch this newest depiction of the infamous Mary VS Elizabeth royal tug-of-war. Thought it had been "done to death."

NOte: the people doing most of the "tugging" on both sides were advisors. Despite their powerful positions, the two women--alas--still ended up being the pawns of others.

Glad I took the time to watch this 6th English-language movie version of the historical drama. Worth it--for two reasons.

1. Unlike most versions, this one's told primarily from Mary's point of view, not Elizabeth's--although we get just enough of the English queen's angst. But it's really Mary's movie.

2. Saoirse (SUR-SHA) Ronan is terrific as Mary. Man, this lady is one to watch--and we already have had the opportunity to watch her three Oscar nominated performances, in Atonement, Brooklyn and Lady Bird. She sets the bar so high, that it's no slight on co-star Margot Robbie (As Elizabeth I) that she comes off as supporting actress. Not that she would likely mind. It's Mary's movie, after all...

Very good.

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jimg2000
Jul 02, 2019

Like voisjoe1_0, I also read up on Wiki's pages on Mary Stuart - Queen of Scots and Elizabeth - The Virgin Queen. And from the bonus clips, the director claims that the film stays true to known history except the undocumented "meeting" in the last 15 minutes or so, and that the feminist views is incidental as both Queens were shackled by male advisers, just as women are controlled by male-dominated cultures today. Interesting history lesson and the actresses shine in their regal roles while the men are their props.

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jls80085
Jul 02, 2019

This movie would or could have been good if there was not an injection of modern thoughts, beliefs and politics. Granted some of the over dramatization may have occurred but to the extent its displayed is really vulgar. I cannot view this as much as a historical film as a "historical slap figh as told in historical fan fiction." Some of the scenery was nice but taking something historical and boiling it down to modern day concepts and thoughts takes almost all of the value of learning about the event away. To summarize this film is as much to the historical events that its based on as the 2001 Moulin Rouge movie has to do with the real events of Moulin Rouge in 1889-1915.

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21221018293347
Jun 28, 2019

Great performances by both leading women.

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ferm_dawg
Jun 26, 2019

Terrible, terrible, and terrible. Did I mention this is a terrible movie. Schlock. Just take a look at the cover, (Yes you can judge this DVD by it's cover) and it's exactly what you get. God awful movie. I feel like spitting in a garbage can while typing these comments. Ugh......

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chriscoleman
Jun 21, 2019

Slow start but it does get better. FYI, her husband is gay and there are both gay sex scenes and oral sex scenes. I'm not a fan of Saoirse Ronan. She tends to underact or overact, not much of anything between. In this she was okay.

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voisjoe1_0
Jun 06, 2019

Based upon some of the reviews, I guess I liked this film more than most viewers. The basics of the story were 99% unknown prior to viewing, but the film seems to be fairly faithful to what I read in Wikipedia. I not so sure about the sexual orientations, etc. They may have been invented to maximize interest.

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iplay2
Jun 04, 2019

Why do people in "Hollywood" think they need to revise history to make a movie about this time in history? The real stories of the Tudors and the Stuart, the York's and the Lancaster's, etc etc are the greatest soap operas ever conceived in and of their own right. There is absolutely no need to fictionalize any of it. For instance, Elizabeth and Mary never , ever met. Elizabeth had always confessed that had she met Mary she would not have been able to sign the death warrant. Additionally, Mary's claim to the English throne is a complicated story in an of itself. She was the granddaughter of Henry viii's sister, Margaret who had married the king of Scotland. Her strong claim to the throne was based on whether Elizabeth was deemed to be a bastard as many did not recognize the marriage between Henry viii and Ann Boleyn. When Mary returned to Scotland after her husband, the king of France died, she did not stand a chance of a successful reign. She was surrounded by a bunch of thug and warring nobles, incredible religious strife between Catholics and Reformists, no loyal Scottish backing and the constant threat she presented to the English throne. She was doomed from the start. Whether or not she actively participated in a plot against Elizabeth has been the subject of many books. But rest assured that Elizabeth's 2 chief and very clever advisors, Cecil and Walsingham were master manipulators and politicians and one way or another would have succeeded in bringing Mary down regardless of her participation in any plot against Elizabeth. Hollywood, stick to the true historical facts and you will create a much more interesting and credible movie.

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jimg2000
Jul 11, 2019

On screen text at the film's beginning:

Mary Queen of Scots was born a Catholic. As Protestants fight to control Scotland, the infant Mary is sent to Catholic France. At 15, she marries the heir to the French throne.

At 18, Mary is widowed and returns home. Scotland is now dominated by Protestants, and governed by her half-brother.

Elizabeth is England's Protestant Queen. By birth, Mary has a strong claim to England's throne. Her very existence threatens Elizabeth's power.
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I was jealous. Your beauty. Your bravery. Your motherhood. You seem to surpass me in every way. But now I see there is no cause for envy. Your gifts... are your downfall.
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I wish I could speak these words to you directly, but they exist only in my mind, as both a prayer and a penance. I hope that God will hear them. Believe me when I tell you how it ages me to bear such a burden...

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