So, look at me, three films in arow! Can I consider myself a film buff now? Anyway, enough about my new-foundcareer as a movie critic and let’s talk about the film Mary Queen of Scots!
Now this film appealed to me straightaway from the very fact that its set in the Elizabethan era of history. It is my favourite period of history and I have conducted a lot of personal research into this area. I also found it very interesting learning more about the otherqueen that ruled alongside Elizabeth on this small island. Mary, the Queen ofScotland, mother to the first King to rule both England and Scotland together,James I. This was one part of history that I have never studied or reallylooked into was the rise and birth of James I, and this film was veryinsightful in that respect. I had the same feeling I had when watching Vice andlearning about the events that led to the Iraq war. Obviously independentresearch is always best, and you can’t rely on one film to educate yourselfabout any period of history, as everything naturally has a level of bias youneed to be careful of. However, it is always a helpful, accessible way to quicklyand concisely learn the basics of what happened and the journey to someone’s ascensionor destruction.
The film starts how it ends, which I will not ruin so I will not say how it starts, but it’s a very clever entrance that had me gripped from the first moment it came on. The film then progresses to show Mary return from France where she was living to the shores of Scotland, where she was to be made queen. While the story of Mary is told, the film checks in on multiple points with the English Queen Elizabeth, and it’s the first time I have watched a film where she it portrayed to be afraid and doubt her own leadership. She is always portrayed as this formidable brute of a queen, conquering the Spanish Armada and always knowing what to do. However in this instance her crown was very much on unstable ground, with Mary having mire claim to the Throne than she did due to her Catholic heritage. Margot Robbie also played her very well. Not going to lie when I saw she was playing the role of Elizabeth, I did worry as I have not really seen her in a role like this, only really seeing her as Harley Quinn and that’s it (Yes, I have not watched that film either). This would be such a different role to play, and a daunting one at that. Dame Helen Mirren and Cate Blanchet both played the role impeccably well, and Margot had a tough job of trying to match that calibre. However, she proved me wrong and managed to play an Elizabeth I had never seen before. Also, for everyone, the hair and makeup department were insane the characters looked so striking, especially the transformation of Queen Elizabeth at the end when she fully asserts her confidence and power. Mary looked the same throughout, although the film covers 25 years and Elizabeth does age, well gain many scars due to Small Pox, however Mary doesn’t. It is deliberate as Elizabeth was jealous and longed for the beauty that Mary held.
The story continued to move through the lives of the tweo queens. Mary got married, and gave birth to a baby boy (Future King James I), and Queen Elizabeth and her council contunued to fail to restrain Marys growinG confidence and her power.
However, a revolution soon followed as Marys husband is killed, after he betrays her (its very large spoiler and long story so will not go into it here!). She marries again to retain her dominance, however the man she marries, her previous protector gets greedy and only marries to be king. The revolution led by the head of the Scotish Protestant Church, acted out by David Tennant who is again unrecognisable appart from his rich Scotish accent, successfully push Mary into hiding, where she eventually finally meets her other queen, Elizabeth. Now riddled with Small Pox scars, and a large red wig and white make up, Margot undergoes a huge transformation as to where she is unrecongisable.
They agree that Mary can be protected by Elizabeth, however after mutliple years it is found that Mary had attempted to end Elizabeth multiple times whilst she was queen of Scotland, and elizabeth had her sentenced to death, where Mary was to be beheaded, and this is where the film starts how it ends. She starts off on the chopping block, then cuts away, and then it ends with her on the chopping block, as if it tells the story of how she ended up on the block in the first place.
This film is so capitvating and I loved every minute of it, I will be buying it when it comes out digitally and I will be watching it again, however I urge you go out and what It in person yourself. Its such a good movie and my review alone won’t give it the justice it deserves.
So would I recommend you watch Mary Queen of Scots, most certainly!