Blu-ray Review: It's A Game Of Thrones For Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie In MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS - Movies In Focus
A film which never manages to be the sum of its parts, Mary Queen Of Scots works as a character study of Saoirse Ronan‘s legendary Queen, but it fails to gain traction in order to set-up any true cinematic thrills. Ronan delivers in spades as the Scottish monarch, but the rest of the film fails to come alive. Josie Rourke’s political period pic is far from bad and it does have some stirring visuals, however it feels like a play adapted for the screen, or a film stuck with a rather limited budget despite its lofty aims. Writer Beau Willimon knows political intrigue well having written the stage play Farragut North (and also its film version Ides Of March) as well as Netflix’s House Of Cards, but those were contemporary stories and his style of plotting and characterisation doesn’t feel at home in the film’s 16 Century setting. There’s just too much back and forth, cutting through a lot of space, time and characters in a relatively short two hour running time. Mary Queen of Scots needed room for expansion and it feels like an abbreviated version of a much larger piece – like a TV mini-series cut down to [...]