Queen Margot

Queen Margot

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Running Time: 
159 minutes

There is a religious war going on between Catholics and Protestants in France. Amidst the war, Queen Margot (Isabelle Adjani) is forced to marry the son of the rival religion in hopes of a peaceful resolution. However, the drama and betrayal cause the war to take a turn for the worst and leaves Queen Margot and her royal family stuck in the middle. The movie was first released in 1994 and it received lots of critical praise and attention at the film festivals. The movie was re-released on Blu-Ray with a good amount of extras and bonus footage.

The picture quality and sounds for the movie were nicely remastered, but still had a lot of scenes that were too dark to really appreciate. The costumes were very well done and the movie’s setting was very fitting for the set time period. However, the story was hard to flow and painstakingly slow. This was a very long movie with few scenes to keep my attention. The massacre scene was the exception, but it was short-lived before going back to the slow pacing. I can appreciate what they were trying to do in the movie to showcase Queen Margot’s history, but was reminded of why I fell asleep in some of my history classes. For those reasons, I am giving “Queen Margot” a “D.”

Paul Arca
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