A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayel set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history, The Other Boleyn Girl tells the story of two beautiful sisters, Anne (Natalie Portman) and Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson) who, driven by their family's blind ambition, complete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII. (Erica Bana) While both women eventually share the King's bed, only one will ascend to the throne for a bried and turbulent reign that ends tragically with a swing of the executioner's sword.
Glossy But Inaccurate
- The Other Boleyn Girl review by GS
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If you want a good movie about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn this is not the one to watch. In this version Hollywood takes the usual liberties with British history and it is full of inaccuracies, which is surprising considering it is co produced by BBC films. The problem is fifteen years of history are compressed into two hours but there is nothing to indicate this. The last 30 minutes especially feel rushed in order to get all the facts in. I wouldn’t say I hated it, my feelings were more of indifference. The story is interesting, the performances reasonable but there was little emotion and because of some bad editing and lack of direction it comes across as a TV melodrama.