Film Review: Mary Queen of Scots
15th October 2014
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★★★☆☆ Thomas Imbach’s adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s book on the much discussed historical figure is, in the end, a failure, but not one that need be thrown on the rubbish pile next to something like Showtime’s show The Tudors. Compared the that insult on history, this looks like a masterpiece. It takes care and time to tell a difficult and conflicting story and tries its hardest to get into the head of its puzzling central character instead of cutting to sex scenes. Imbach, using a considered and sometimes documentary-like handheld aesthetic, probes behind the title Mary Queen of Scots in order to throw some light on her thoughts, desires and actions.
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