For some reason I never published this post even though I wrote it weeks ago. Never mind!
I don’t know why but I really love the Queen Elizabeth/Queen Mary story; Reign is such a good show! So when I saw they were releasing a film for it I was definitely excited, then even more so when I saw Saoirse Ronan was in it because she always plays characters really well.
It was showing in the old premiere screen in Cineworld Boldon which is always good because the seats are more comfortable and there’s more space. However, there was something wrong with the screen which was really off putting. It turned out the staff had known about it from the day before but clearly nothing had been done to fix it and we were offered the opportunity to leave halfway through the film and receive a refund or continue watching it. We decided to endure the flicking/pulsing screen; even though it gave me a headache, because the film was actually good.
It’s obviously a well known story of the British monarchy’s age old fight of religion and the throne. Queen Elizabeth as a Protestant inherited the throne whilst Queen Mary was taken to France and married to the Dauphin of France. However, when he died, she returned to Scotland (where she was officially Queen) and the rivalry between the the two cousins was fuelled. It’s a drama film so obviously there are some embellishments but I really enjoyed this telling of the tale.
The film began when Mary (Saoirse Ronan) arrived on the shores of Scotland; a country slowly turning Protestant against it’s Catholic heritage. The Earl of Moray (James McArdle) had been acting Regent in Mary’s absence
In England, Queen Elizabeth (Margot Robbie) was also struggling to maintain her rule without a husband, but decided to take advantage of Mary’s newly single status to marry her into English nobility. However, sending her own love to marry Mary backfires when Elizabeth realises she didn’t really want him to leave.
The story of two powerful women, convinced to hate each other, when actually they could have been each other’s allies and join forces. I enjoyed it; even with the dramatic embellishments!