‘Mary Queen of Scots’ 2018 Movie: Why History Experts Criticize This British Monarchy Version of “Game of Thrones”

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‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ movie premieres this Friday, December 7th and so Nexter.org prepared for you a review about the upcoming premiere.

What is the movie about?

In the trailer to promote the upcoming release of Mary Queen of Scots, actress Margot Robbie looks almost unrecognizable as she wears a tightly-curled ginger wig and displays a stern expression with her face painted white.

Robbie donned the drastic make-up to portray Elizabeth, who wore heavy powder to cover smallpox scars when she was alive.

Margo and Saoirse go head-to-head in character as they battle for the English crown.

Why there’s one more movie about Mary and Elizabeth?

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People might have seen the rivalry between the Catholic queen of Scotland and her cousin, the Protestant queen of England, in films such as “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007) starring Cate Blanchett and Samantha Morton or “Mary Queen of Scots” (1971), with Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson, to name a couple.

But director Josie Rourke delivers a version charged with political and religious drama that celebrates the persistence and intelligence of both women in this feminist retelling that feels like a British monarchy version of “Game of Thrones.”

Historical inaccuracies

Saoirse Ronan (as Mary Stuart) Margot Robbie (as Queen Elizabeth I) From the historical drama, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (2018)

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The trailer for upcoming blockbuster Mary Queen of Scots has provoked a backlash from historians for its “false” portrayal of a meeting between the Scottish monarch and Queen Elizabeth 1.

Dr Estelle Paranque, an expert on Queen Elizabeth I, said it is commonly thought among historians that if the two had met, Queen Mary may never have been killed.

Some experts said the movie is a “very bad and false depiction” and it will mislead viewers about the relationship between the two women.

In the film, they are depicted as friends who become rivals but there was not a friendship, Elizabeth tried to be kind to her at first but Mary never saw Elizabeth as an equal.

Amazing cast

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Mary Queen of Scots is played by New York-born actress Saoirse Ronan, who won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role in Lady Bird (2017) and starred in the 2015 film Brooklyn, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Australian actress Margot Robbie plays Queen Elizabeth of England, Mary’s cousin through their grandfather Henry VII of England, with Elizabeth descended from the king’s son Henry VIII and Mary from his daughter Margaret Tudor.

History fans will be particularly interested to see how David Tennant will portray Mary’s enemy John Knox, the fiery Calvinist preacher who spoke out publicly against Mary and her method of queenship, branding her an adulteress and a ‘wicked woman’.

Mary’s second and third husbands – Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley and James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell – will be played by Jack Lowden and Martin Compston respectively.


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