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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Rated: R

Release Date: December 14, 2018

Director: Josie Rourke

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn

Plot: When Mary Queen of Scots returns to her throne from her time in France, her cousin, Queen Elisabeth I, fears her power may be in danger and sets in motion a plan to dethrone her equal

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Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters

 

 

This film has several outstanding elements. First, the costumes are fantastically elegant and stunningly beautiful. Second, the hair and makeup are mesmerizing. Next, the score is one that I could listen to on repeat for a week and I wouldn't tire of it. Finally, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are fierce. They play off of each other and against each other with a power that radiates from the screen.

 

It is probably the front runner for the costume awards, and may be as well for hair and makeup. There is a very good chance that Ronan will see a few acting nominations come her way as well. 

 

The downside to this film, is that it isn't very palatable to the average movie goer. By that, I am not insulting the average movie goer, I'm saying the film isn't entertaining enough to hold the interest of most people. It is a slow-moving, British, period piece that will intrigue some and bore others.

 

The upside is that if you can handle the slow pace, you will be treated to a plot filled with deceit, abuse of power, political intrigue, war, murder, betrayal, and a family quarrel that would affect the known world. 

 

If you are a history buff you should run to the theater to see this movie now. It may not be perfectly accurate, after all it is a movie, and movies have to be at least somewhat interesting, but it is close enough to be in your movie list.

 

If you love films with powerful women leads, this is a must-see movie. It is a film about the two most powerful women in the world at their time, and they are played by two other powerful women.

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