The Other Boleyn Girl  

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Starring: Eric Bana, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Kirsten Scott Thomas

Running Time: 1 hour and 55 minutes

Movie Description from Yahoo! Movies:

Two sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, are driven by their ambitious Father and Uncle to advance the family's power and status by courting the affections of the King of England. Leaving behind the simplicity of country life, the girls are thrust into the dangerous and thrilling world of court life--and what began as a bid to help their family develops into a ruthless rivalry between Anne and Mary for the love of the King. Initially, Mary wins King Henry's favor and becomes his mistress, bearing him two illegitimate children. But Anne, clever, conniving and fearless, edges aside both her sister and Henry's wife, Queen Katherine of Aragon, in her relentless pursuit of the King. Despite Mary's genuine feelings for Henry, her sister Anne has her sights set on the ultimate prize; Anne will not stop until she is Queen of England. As the Boleyn girls battle for the love of a King--one driven by ambition, the other by true affection--England is torn apart.

Movies based on books very rarely match or outshine the original format. There are a few exceptions (Lord of the Rings for example) but I'm sorry to say, The Other Boleyn Girl, starring my man, the Eric Bana, does not fit in the exceptional category. tsk tsk

Based on the novel of the same name by Philippa Gregory, tOBG was a big let down. I'm still glad I saw it though - I'm that big a fan of EB. But having just finished the book-the way this movie should have been was fresh in my mind.

First of all, the movie was choppy. The book covers 15 years of Mary Boleyn's life, and this is not conductive to a 2 hour long movie. A mini-series, a la Tudors, would have been more preferrable. (Especially with EB in it - LOL) So compounding the choppiness of the movie was the big chunks of missing information. And there was no sense of closeness between Mary, Anne and their brother, George.

I'm going to give the Other Boleyn Girl a C-. Read the book instead.

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Good review. So how was eric bana though?

I loved TOBG. I agree that it was rather rushed and didn't really give a lot of background information but I still thought it was a really good movie. Of course, I haven't read the book yet (tsk tsk) so I guess I'll have to withhold judgment til then!

Eric was hot. LOL But of course I'm going to say that. I could have had more of him, especially as he was broody at the end.

Charm - They got so much wrong!! Mary had 2 children by the king first of all. And Anne didn't want him at first - the king fancied Mary first. UGH. It just pissed me off. So yeah, definitely read the book, it's really really good. LOL

I liked TOBG, but I didn't read the book. I have trouble with historical. I love period movies but I have trouble reading them.

Eric looked hot but Henry was such a horn dog and those SLEEVES. It was hard to take him seriously. ;)

So I watched Troy to cleanse my palate. ;)

Thanks for the head's up ... I'll wait for it to come on TMN.

Ugh, are you serious? Damage, I wanted to see this one. I'm still going to see it, just maybe on netflix not at the theaters, great review though sweets!

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