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March 06, 2008

Movie: The Other Boleyn Girl


A friend and I saw The Other Boleyn Girl last night. Quick take: It's awful. Don't bother.

Some background: I read the book on which the movie was based a few years ago, and thought it was okay, but not great. And in general, I've read a fair amount about the Tudors, but I'm no expert.

So, the movie: it was faithful neither to the novel nor to history. Now, I'm okay with movies or books that take liberties with historical fact, as long as there is clear narrative reason for doing so. In this case, there wasn't. At all. It made the story disjointed and boring. Of all the stories to make boring! There's no excuse for that. The actors did a reasonably good job with what they were given, but the whole thing just felt rushed and half-hearted. There was a lot of telling rather than showing, especially of the various interpersonal relationships. It made the whole thing pretty unbelievable. And really, they just changed EVERYTHING, often for no apparent reason.

There were a few good points: The clothes and scenery were gorgeous. I liked Eric Bana as Henry. And in a few scenes, the banter between Henry and Anne seemed spot-on. But these few things didn't make up for the awfulness of the rest.

Posted by Kat at March 6, 2008 10:28 AM

OMG, it was so wretched. Some of the clothes were good, I grant you, but some of them made me want to bleach my eyeballs.

And WTF with the history? Have they even HEARD of Anne Boleyn???

Posted by: KnitPrincess at March 6, 2008 11:38 AM

Awww...really? I was looking forward to seeing that one. Thanks for the review - there is nothing worse than finally being able to get out to a movie and having it turn out to be boring crap.

Posted by: Jennifer at March 7, 2008 12:24 PM

Weren't the costumes pretty? And the sets? I was gnashing my teeth over the historical inaccuracies - they didn't even make the movie more interesting - in fact, you're right, it was downright boring at times - how? how? Gah. Still, Eric Bana made a good Henry.

Posted by: Carrie K at March 8, 2008 08:32 PM

it was awful Kate-you're right.....I liked the jewelry though Loy

Posted by: Loy at March 9, 2008 04:41 PM

I agree - a very difficult movie for us Tudor-holics to have to sit through and knowing the problems with the movie ahead of time didn't soften the blow any. The real pitt is the real life intrigues of the Tudor court were far more involved and interesting than petty sibling rivalry.

Posted by: Melanie at March 12, 2008 02:24 PM
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