Mary Queen of Scots
You hear men lamenting the fact that their world is disrupted by the whims of two women who happen to be queens and hold the fate of their kingdoms — ironic in that the same issues revolve around male royals, but I digress. Saoirse Ronan gives a fine, spirited performance playing the ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots. She has a claim to the English throne, occupied by her cousin Elizabeth I, and she does everything Elizabeth doesn't do — she marries (several times), she bears a child, and that child is male. However, the whims of the males around her seal her fate. There are opulent costumes to be sure in this film, but the castles seem quite spare and true to the period. However, the cast and a heavy dose of sexual politics overshadows some of the real drama Mary faced before her demise. It's definitely worth the price of a ticket though.