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|Originaltitel:||Mary Queen of Scots|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 124 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
When the Catholic Maria Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) returns from French exile to Scotland and claims her throne there, the Protestant Queen Elisabeth I (Margot Robbie) sees her as a danger to her entire dominion. But instead of following the advice of her advisors and executing Maria Stuart, the queen tries to solve the problem diplomatically. But Maria Stuart is not so easily fobbed off. She insists on her right of inheritance and doesn't realize that she has to marry someone she doesn't love, only to be fobbed off with a small piece of the cake. For years this rivalry dragged on until the suspicion arose that Mary was planning to assassinate the queen in order to take the throne. Now it seems that the time has come for Elisabeth I no longer to hold her protective hand over Maria Stuart…
"Maria Stuart, Queen of Scotland", the feature film debut of theatre director Josie Rourke, leaves a somewhat ambivalent impression. On the one hand, the film is very strongly played and also has a visual appeal, which is achieved by fascinating landscape shots and atmospheric equipment. On the other hand, the story is very long and literally too undercooled theatrical to create a real emotional bond between the protagonists and the audience.
The feminist approach to staging has also become somewhat obtrusive. It would have been enough to draw two strong female figures. Letting them say all the time how bad, power-hungry and devious men are simply seems annoying in the long run - which not only happened to me as a man. All in all, it has to be said that Rourke doesn't seem to be a friend of subtle narrative styles, which is not least reflected in the heavily exaggerated make-up under which Margot Robbie is hidden in the last act.
Beyond that, the historical drama also has many strong moments. These are, however, too often robbed of their actual power by some unnecessary lengths. Told a little tighter, this story could have absolutely captivated and carried away. Because the prerequisites for this are not only given by the two great leading actresses. But unfortunately the whole thing is too tough and bloated to leave a lasting impression. In the end, that's only enough for one: Worth seeing with some concessions!
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