Mary Queen of Scots

“Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan excel as wily foes in Josie Rourke’s striking take on the rivalry between Elizabeth I and her Scottish cousin.” ★★★★ Mark Kermode

Showing Times

Thu 21 Feb 18:20

Mark Kermode made this battle royale his Film of the Week, and said:  “Director Josie Rourke makes a very assured move from the theatre to the cinema screen in her feature debut, a full-blooded tale of personal and political rivalries told with wit, flair and passion. Like Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite …the setting may be historical but the core concerns are utterly contemporary: a tale of two “sisters” – Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) and Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) – caught in the middle of a power struggle between England and Scotland, Protestants and Catholics, men and women.”

The wry script (from House of Cards writer Beau Willimon) cleverly combines history with conjecture, ultimately presenting a hypothetical meeting of the two Queens in a showstopper of a scene.  The supporting men – Guy Pearce, David Tennant, Adrian Lester et al – are excellent, and Rourke brings strikingly theatrical elements to her first film.  It’s rich pickings out there just now for powerful, inventive tales of history’s over-looked, under-written Queens.  All hail!

This film is double F-Rated.  This means that it has a fully developed female character (or two, in this case!) at the centre of the film and it has a female director.


Film Information

124 mins

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