Review: Mary Queen of Scots

Before I tell you about the movie, I just have to say how much I love seeing Saorise Ronan on screen. She killed it in Lady Bird last year, and her portrayal of the title character in this movie was fantastic. I am really looking forward to what she conquers next. That being said, this movie was not the best end to 2018 or start of 2019. If you are really into historical narratives, and maybe the English-Scottish war, then you will probably enjoy it more than I did. However, the directorial debut of Josie Rourke packed so much information into the movie that I really did not know what was happening between characters until almost an hour into the film. So if you are going to see this movie, I would suggest reading up on that time period, and the characters of Mary I of Scotland and Elizabeth I of England, before getting to the theatre. I will say though, that if this movie had been brought to streaming in the form of a miniseries, I would probably have binged it in one sitting. The UK and Scottish landscape is beautiful, and although there is some real-life discrepancies with character accents and easy-to-miss jumps in time (especially toward the end), I think they really showcased the vigorous ambition of Mary and the zeal she had for her country.

If you are looking for a movie to start 2019 off on a high note, there are a few other films still in theatres that I would suggest watching before this one:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, So unique and well-told, the story of Miles Morales as Spider-Man is unlike any animated superhero movie I have seen before. Funny, heartwarming, and a great, simplistic way to introduce the concept of the “multiverse.”
The Favourite, Seriously, this movie is a recommendation from me, but ONLY IF, 1) You have watched another Yorgos Lanthimos film, or 2) You are prepared for a far-out film style with an eerie orchestral soundtrack. I really enjoyed this movie, but it will not be for everyone.
Mary Poppins Returns, A simply delightful movie. Bring the kids, enjoy the music and funny accents, and don’t think too hard about how Emily Blunt chooses when to help or not help those around her 🙂

Thanks everyone for reading this review of Mary Queen of Scots! I don’t know which film is next up, but check out my “Best Of 2018!” post for some movies to find at Redbox, on streaming, and even still in theatres, and I’ll be back soon. Happy New Year!

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