Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots ★★★½

I appreciate everything this film does and tries to do with its character relationships and its exploration of Mary Stuart's downfall being a result of patriarchy and male insecurity, but I can't help but think that the movie lacks consistency. The editing isn't always great, the make up isn't always great, the direction and focus on side characters is uneven, and the pacing is really rushed at the tail end. I didn't mind the historical inaccuracy until I read about how Mary and Elizabeth never met and what their relationship was actually like and honestly that could've made for a better and wouldn't have compromised the theming if adapted properly; although I don't know how accurate the source material book already was and if they ignored the real history from the start. End of the day im glad I saw this, and it helped that the cinematography and score music was top notch.