Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

DVD - 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]
ISBN: 9786317628397
Branch Call Number: DVD MARY QU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
5.1,2.0 Dolby Digital
video file
DVD video
region 1


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You see most portrayals of Queen Mary from the British crown’s perspective, but this film casts her as the protagonist. Suggested by Craig B.

Nominated for Costume Design and Makeup and Hairstyling

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Apr 15, 2019

The depiction of John Knox is very interesting.

Apr 02, 2019

I thought the acting in the movie by the two stars, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie was superb!! Ms. Ronan is Irish, so I sometimes thought her Scots accent was a little strange. Historically, since she was raised in France from age 5 to age 18, her accent should have been French.... The strength in her countenance and actions were great. Margot Robbie did such a good job of becoming Elizabeth I that I did not recognize her - now that is truly becoming a character. Although the movie follows the basic story arc, it plays fast and loose with some of the history, especially concerning the second and third husbands and the "meeting". I will never understand why Hollywood has to put extra sex, violence, and creative history into a film. It always seems to be an insult to me - I could not possibly love a film with "just the facts". It is one of the reason that I often prefer documentaries and foreign films to our own dramas. Still recommend the film, but remember this is not documentary history.. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Mar 29, 2019

A sumptuous production, strong performances, but a less than enthrallingly-rendered storyline.

Mar 28, 2019

could have been a lot better... Hollywood's fascination with gay sex again... glad I did not pay to see it..

Mar 27, 2019

I liked it. It gave me a whole new prospective on a subject that's been done many, many time. I never saw Mary as a smart, capable woman who really never had a chance in her circumstances. Also, Elizabeth I was smart in never getting married. The times then and in recent times is all about women being surrounding by men. Most men who had no desire in women's success. It really is tragic. What happened the movie shows well.

Mar 25, 2019

It was an alright movie....actually the Tudors were more exciting....Margo Robbie’s makeup in the last scene is very scary....she looks like IT’s twin sister....I have seen better portrayal of Mary....if you’re interested in Mary Queen of Scots I suggest you pick up Alison Weir’s books...they are really good.

Mar 23, 2019

Such a disappointment! What is happening with these period dramas lately? Too sad...

Mar 19, 2019

After reading all the negative reviews on the library website and others online.
I thought the movie couldn't be that bad. I should have left it on the shelf and not wasted any of my time.

Mar 16, 2019

The movie is poor, but I had a blast watching it. I can give it only a 1-star rating. I got the DVD from the library, and watched it with my friend, who knows a lot about the Tudor period (I know the basics, she is close to an scholar). We had a lot of fun discussing the possible historical inaccuracies, down to the earrings that Mary wore, and how many piercings she had in reality, and we were pausing the movie quite a bit, to search for answers and clues in the internet. I learnt a lot. But not from the movie!

In the Bonus Material of the Blueray DVD (a feature called "An Epic Confrontation") the director starts by saying that "What we really wanted to do when we were working on the script was to get these two women to meet"...

Clearly, this is the main problem of the movie, there was a personal need from the director to alter historical fact, to make for a more personal film, to her own liking. Therefore, I would agree that this movie falls within the "fan fiction" category, as already pointed out by other reviewers.

Second problem: acting. Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie were not ready to play these characters properly. They both delivered poor performances.

Feel free to skip it.

Mar 15, 2019

I turned this off after 45 minutes. I found it boring and nothing really drew me in to the story. Most of all, it did not have the epic feel that this time in history deserved. The men all seemed to be mindless drones buzzing around the queens; aside from David Tennant, with his great Scottish accent, I could not differentiate any of the unknown actors/extras playing them and I did not care.
I can't speak to the historical inaccuracies that many have mentioned but I'm sure that my 15 minutes of high school European History on this topic were just as thorough (i.e. not thorough at all) as theirs. I would point out, however, that beloved historical pieces, such as Braveheart or Tombstone, are ABSOLUTELY BRIMMING with historical inaccuracies - but they were fun to watch. This is not meant to be a documentary but it has all the excitement of one.
If you are interested in a decent documentary on this period and much more get the mini-series The History Of Britain by Simon Sharma.

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