Friday, April 11, 2008

The Other Boleyn Girl

I'm sorry, Natalie Portman. I love you but...

I think I would've enjoyed this movie more had I not grown up addicted to the lives of Henry VIII's wives. The Other Boleyn Girl is 10% fact, 70% fiction, and 20% opinion. Try as I might, I couldn't bring myself NOT to turn to Elena or Cham (my companions) for my whispered vocal footnotes.

I can't even begin to enumerate how wonky the story was if compared with real history. It totally belonged to an alternate dimension.

I suppose it could be considered a good fanfic, with Mary Boleyn as its heroine. But if you want a well-depicted period piece, you'll find that Henry VIII (starring Ray Winstone, Emily Blunt and Helena Bonham Carter) is a lot more (but not exactly) accurate despite its exaggerated romanticism.

At the end of the movie, Elena and Cham mentioned Troy. Don't even get me started on that...

Rating: 4/10

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1 comment :

    Allie ( says

    Have you seen the TV series The Tudors at all? I know it certainly fudges the lines of historical accuracy many times over, but I really enjoyed the first season. It put me in a Tudor phase and I was going to rent this movie, but I’ll rent Henry the VIII instead. Thank you!

    July 25th, 2008 at 10:20 am


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