A brilliant conception scriptwise, while the acting is good, and it moves along like Shakespeare in Love meets some historical drama on TLC or the History Channel, it breaks down as the action comes together in a flood of conclusion. Doing some research on the open questions of authorship, as well as the time period, would be an immense help to enhance enjoyment!
Local to Seattle the timing of the release coincides well with a recent ACT! Theater production of Mary Stuart, launched most forcefully via the adept translation of Friedrich Schiller’s play by Peter Oswald and the tour de force performances of its leads - Anne Allgood as Mary and Suzanne Bouchard as Elizabeth.
The cinematography is chalky sepia tones - and it works with the design.
Well to Highly recommended for those with a keen interest in late a 1500s period piece, language, literature and political drama.
Standout Stars: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis.
Ably Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Award-Worthy Writing: John Orloff