This is the tumultuous story of two heirs to the English throne, Mary and Elizabeth. Mary is Catholic and her cousin is Protestant. When Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, it threatens Elizabeth, who must stake action or be over throne. Betrayal, rebellion and conspiracies threaten both Queens driving them apart as each must experience the true cost of power.
2018, 1080p, Dolby Atmos (True-HD), Rated R, 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 2 hours and 4 mins
Starring Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, John Hepburn and Martin Compston
Directed by: Josie Rourke
Though the acting and cinematography were outstanding, I could not help being distracted with the historical inaccuracies and overtly PC message of the film. Why would you portray Mary having oral sex and then being raped by her husband who is bi-sexual? The message to me was that women can rule with grace, dignity and justice on their own, but men always bollocks things up. In reality, these two never met as they do in the film. I understand that movie have some artistic liberties, but why not have a disclaimer: “based on a true story”? Those issue aside, the acting was very good, especially Ronan. If you are in the mood for a political pot boiler, you could do far worse.
The picture quality was excellent with vibrant colors, accurate flesh-tones and many wonderfully lit scenes that have beautiful contrasts. Dialog was always easy to understand and the surrounds were effectively used in the outdoors and cavernous hallways.
Included are: An Epic Confrontation, Tudor feminism, Something About Marys and a feature commentary with the director and music composer.