Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
- 2h 4m
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Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Academy Award® nominee Saoirse Ronan). Queen of France at 16, widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry and instead returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. By birth, she also has a rival claim to the throne of Elizabeth I (Academy Award® nominee Margot Robbie), who rules as the Queen of England. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Rivals in power and in love, the two Queens make very different choices about marriage and children. Betrayal, rebellion and conspiracies within each court imperil both Queens-driving them apart, as each woman experiences the bitter cost of power.
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Critics Consensus: Mary Queen of Scots delivers uneven period political thrills while offering a solid showcase for the talents of its well-matched leads.
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Great star performance in sometimes violent historic drama.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mary Queen of Scots is a period drama about Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), who returned to Scotland to rule after she was widowed at age 18. The movie reportedly contains some historical inaccuracies, but the broad strokes are based in truth and follow the tumultuous relationship between Mary and her "cousin queen" Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). Expect violent battle scenes (people fight with swords; some die), as well as an execution, a harrowing assassination via stabbing, and a rape scene. On the sex/romance front, there's kissing, implied oral sex, lovers caught in bed half-dressed, and other sex talk; a character's nipples are visible through a wet shirt. Language is mostly along the lines of "bastard" and "whore," and characters sometimes drink too much. With its feminist themes, this costume drama explores the "what ifs" of a world in which the two queens could have ruled as friends, rather than as foes controlled by the ruthless men in their courts.
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- Release Date:December 2, 2018
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