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Mary Queen Of Scots - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Mary Queen Of Scots - Five Reasons You'll Love It

2019 is only a couple of weeks old, but we're already being treated to our first big blockbuster.

In this case, we've got a historical epic, with Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan leading the way to tell the story of Mary Queen Of Scots. 

We watch as Ronan's Mary, who rules as Queen of Scotland, becomes the anchor of an attempt to overthrow her cousin, Robbie's Elizabeth I, Queen of England, a plot which finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Newcomer Josie Rourke is in the director’s chair, while House Of Cards creator Beau Willimon provides the script. 

Jack Lowden, David Tennant, Martin Compston, Joe Alwyn, Brendan Coyle and Guy Pearce co-star. 

The film arrives in cinemas today and we caught an early screening to gather together five reasons why you'll love it...

 

Saoirse Ronan commands the film superbly...

The film's marketing bills this as a two-hander, but this is really Ronan's film. As the always under fire, naive, willful and arresting Mary, she gives a commanding performance and leads the way. 

 

That doesn't take away from Margot Robbie...

Robbie's portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I is tender, powerful and raw. She's electric when she's on screen, it simply isn't anywhere near as often as Ronan is. 

 

There are lots of excellent supporting turns...

Particularly on form are David Tennant's John Knox, a fire and brimstone Protestant cleric, Jack Lowden's Lord Darnley, Mary's feckless second husband, and Guy Pearce, who plays William Cecil, the scheming advisor to Queen Elizabeth. 

 

This is a very different take on the historical epic...

If you're expecting a swords and shields rabble-rouser, then you'll be disappointed. This is a film about power and its corrosive effects. It boasts a script from House Of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon, and, much like the White House drama, it really comes to life in tiny, claustrophobic privy counsels and in bedchambers. 

 

The period detail is stunning...

From the dingy insides of castles to the huge, bountiful landscapes of Scotland, debut filmmaker Josie Rourke proves that she can not only direct drama exceptionally well, but also has a gift for huge outdoor shots too. 

 

Mary Queen Of Scots is out now in cinemas. 

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