Lively historical drama loses its head
Rourke recreates history with an arresting visual flair, but cannot exert the same grip on her overloaded story
Mary Queen of Scots: Directed by Josie Rourke, Nationwide, 15A, Rating: ***
Glass: Directed by M Night Shyamalan, Nationwide, 15A, Rating: **
Josie Rourke, artistic director of London’s acclaimed Donmar Warehouse theatre and a multiple Olivier-award winner, makes her film debut with Mary Queen of Scots, casting the peerless Saoirse Ronan as the doomed 16th-century Scottish monarch engaged in a battle of birth and blood against her cousin Elizabeth...
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