Mary Queen of Scots ★★

Take away the confusing introduction, take away the hard-to-follow lineage, take away the plethora of male characters that all look vaguely similar, take away the inconsistencies of loyalty and betrayal, take away the misleading trailer, take away the mega sweet armor worn by Saoirse Ronan that is never used, take away the lack of Margot Robbie, take away the suspenseful build-up with no climax, take away the pieces of a compelling historical account that is convincing enough to be made into a movie but not enough to be a good movie, and you are left with two great performances by two great leads. And that’s about it.