17 Feb, 2019
Billing itself as a dark comedy, it doesn't offer many laughing moments. It is an unblinking look into the human soul and our ability to remove it as necessary. It starts as mean girls in a bodice ripper, but as you past the politics and cringe worthy behavior; you get to the substance. You watch the truly powerful heap abuse on each other, down the pecking order for entertainment, but come to see it is as survival. The chicken who doesn't peck, get's pecked.
02 Feb, 2019
Wow, nothing but a wow! The movie touched on inhuman behavior from very human people. It showed how people could have pride and integrity at all stations, and how the same people lived with shame and humility. It created a very real world populated by multifaceted, real people – based on real people and events.
It was painful and cathartic to watch, showing how far we can and haven't come. But also showing a real friendship that shows how much we are capable of.
12 Jan, 2019
It was impossible not to love the imagery, the costumes, the settings. It was impossible to like the two queens. The movie positioned them as two implacable forces that were slowly colliding even as they didn't want to. The historical rewrite being that both were women in a man's world, and thus felt a bond to each other. Mary would no bow. Elizabeth could not risk Mary's claim to the throne. The pacing was off, glacial for about the first two thirds, it kicks into high gear as it realizes its running out of time. As it bumps along the majestic Scottish views, the wheels come off somewhere in the journey. It is well worth watching for strong acting and amazing images – but plot wise, it is a thin bodice ripper filled with silly twists of the imagination.