Article taken from: www.wsj.com
There’s something about Mary Stuart that the movies can’t resist, and it’s no mystery—the spectacle of a fierce and formidable queen surrounded by scheming men, the tragedy of a headstrong woman who loses her head. She was a feminist before her pop-cultural time when Katharine Hepburn played her in 1936—“I’m going to live my own life!” she declared. Now, played by Saoirse Ronan in “Mary Queen of Scots,” she’s a compelling figure for our #MeToo time. So is her cousin, rival, nemesis and, as this Mary believes ardently, potential partner in a royal sisterhood of peace and wisdom, England’s Queen Elizabeth (Margot Robbie)….