Director Josie Rourke makes a very assured move from the theatre to the cinema screen in her feature debut, a full-blooded tale of personal and political rivalries told with wit, flair and passion. The setting may be historical but the core concerns are utterly contemporary: a tale of two “sisters” – Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) and Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) – caught in the middle of a power struggle between England and Scotland, Protestants and Catholics, men and women.
Cinematographer John Mathieson lends a painterly edge to the proceedings, contrasting bold sweeping landscapes with grand yet often imprisoning interiors, this film is Buoyed by Max Richter’s swirling score.
**** The Guardian
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