The Other Boleyn Girl

The Other Boleyn Girl

Director: Justin Chadwick Cast: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana
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The Other Boleyn Girl 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
L2TA More than 1 year ago
The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory, was an amazing book. However, this movie based on the novel was disappointing. Maybe it's because I know so much about the history of the Boleyn girls with Henry VIII that I am not too fond of this movie. Half of the facts in the movie are incorrect, or at least incorrectly portrayed. I know that most people don't purchase a movie because of it's historical correctness. But if you have read, and enjoyed, the book, then do not buy this movie. The discrepancies between the movie and the book are enormous, bigger than most. The movie follows Anne's pursuit of the king more than it does Mary's life and Mary's side of the story, which is what the book is all about. There is no portrayal whatsoever of the love between Mary and William Stafford, and the movie completely ignores the fact that Mary had a daughter as well as a son. Most of the information about Mary, and Mary's pursuit of, then avoidance of, the king are altogether ignored. The movie is so very different from the book that had I not already owned and read the book, I would have thought it a mere coincidence that both the movie and the book shared the same name. The actors did a very good job. They all played their parts wonderfully and each seemed to meld with their characters. Natalie Portman played a beautiful and manipulative Anne Boleyn, and Scarlett Johansson was interesting to watch in her portrayal of Mary. The costumes were also very well adapted to the period and accurate. Had the cast been different, I think this movie would have tanked and been forgotten quickly, something an actor would leave off their resumes. But all these actors pulled this movie together wonderfully, to the point where I am almost willing to overlook aforementioned enormous discrepancies. I applaud the cast, but not the script writers.
jenn89 More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Great cast, great story and great costumes. IT was great to see this true story presented so vividly and so well. I highly recomend watching it. It never got dull for me to watch. When it was over I wanted to watch it again.
MsC More than 1 year ago
As a history buff and fan of romance novels I enjoy Philippa Gregory's books because they are so very entertaining. When the film was in theaters my daughter and I went to see it and really enjoyed it. Reading Gregory's novel as well as Weir's book and watching the movie makes for some interesting discussions about the film and the actual events. Eric Bana makes a very sexy Henry the VIII.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movie is not nearly as good as the book but it is still a movie that i recommend. the book has so much more beautiful detail that if they were to get it all into the movie the movie would have to be like 24 hours long!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even if it isn't historically accurate
Golden08 More than 1 year ago
This movie was great! I enjoyed every bit of it. I loved how the story was told. It kept me interested. =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
As many have purported, the book is definitely better. I read the book before viewing the movie. The movie does not give the title justice. Read the book - 5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love tudor history, forget this movie! while the actors did a credible job and the script wasn't too bad, this movie was so choppy as to make little sense. And they played fast and loose with actual events. Any resemblance to gregory's book is purely accidental.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the historical period of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. It's so filled with drama, scandal, and betrayal. I read the book before seeing the movie and was so excited to see it especially when I saw who they'd casted for the movie. It's true that often because of time and budget the movie often lacks the quality that books can have. However I think that this is a movie that is worth taking the time to make it a little longer to at least make an effort to show some of the depth that this story has. It seemed to rushed and compressed as other reviews have said. It took out huge profound scenes from the book that should have been there to develop the story. Eric Bana,Scarlett Johanson, and Natalie Portman are all very exceptional actors and performed wonderfully it's just too bad that the script they were given is not worthy of their talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie!!!! It is so good in soo many different ways!!!! THIS IS A MUST SEE!!!! After i saw ths movie I did all of this reseach on the Boleyn's and stuff in this movie and it is soo interesting!!!! I LOVE THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL!!!!!!!!!! watch this Movie
KakooBontemp More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every minute of this movie. It was so very seductive. If I hadn't previously read the book and been aquainted with the story, it might not have made much sense. Honestly Just how many hours long would this movie need to be to capture the true story?
lighthouse27587 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this movie...I can't get enough of it and would love to now purchase the book and the dvd.
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Izzie_reads_books More than 1 year ago
Well, I wouldn't say this movie was the best, but it didn't go by the original book which I can't say is a good or bad thing. At least in the movie, Mary wasn't so...well...--anyways, I guess it's good enough. I'm glad they left out a lot of details--but some, the movie shouldn't have. Such as the secret marriage with Mary and William Stafford and the death of William Carey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of the time when a book is translated to the screen, it loses its luster. The Other Boleyn Girl is no stranger to the fate of not living up to the book version. The novel itself is while fiction, historically close in accuracy and also easy to believe. The film seems to many times almost make the jump, but it drags in some places and seems rushed in others. Natalie Portman delivers a lackluster performance until half way through the movie while Scarlet Johansen shines, but it often left in the shadows. The portrayal of Henry VIII lacks depth or explaination and the politics behind his match with Anne Boleyn is all together forgotten. Even with all these flaws, the film was enjoyable and easy to watch.
Orla More than 1 year ago
I liked this movie a lot because the actors played their parts so well. The storyline was captivating and let's face it, Eric Bana is HOT to look at. I will CAUTION that this movie is for older teens and adults due to it's sexual content and other elements. Other then that this is an enjoyable movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a history teacher and a big fan of this period in history the movie drove me crazy!!! It does not stick to actual historical facts and with that statement alone is not worth the time. The era of Henry VIII is so interesting and has so much wonderful drama, I don't understand the need to change history. Waste of time, however if you don't know the historical background, it is at least intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some critics derided the focus this took on relationships and emotion as "soap opera," or others got stuck on the costume drama aspect and made very lame jokes about ripping bodices, but I was game to see a retelling of this piece of history that focused on some of the more minor players, and what the events portrayed _may have_ meant in their lives beyond the cool politics. I was really glad I listened to the positive reviews, because I think some critics really missed the point. This is not a documentary, A Man for All Seasons, or the Henry VIII productions for the BBC, nor does it try to be. It does try to imagine what _might_ have been behind a real life story of a family that managed to have two daughters in the bed of a King, with very different results. What was the motivation, and the human cost? Although the affairs between Henry Tudor and the Boleyn sisters are at the center of it, it is _not_ an overly romantic or sexual film, despite a couple of expected scene which are actually very tame. (So much for the ripping bodices!) The biggest romance is largely off-camera, and the most explored relationships are between family members.

I liked the dark and somewhat claustrophobic feel of some the picture, using unusual camera angles, shooting through screens, etc., but some may not! I also loved the muted palette, and the costume department's efforts to express ideas artistically, yet staying true to basics--even the not-so-appreciated gable hood! Visually, it is stunning and appropriate.

Kristin Scott Thomas and David Morrissey, as the mother and uncle of the girls, are my favorite supporting performances. Mark Rylance plays a suitably weaselly and grasping social-climber. Charming brother George (Jim Sturgess) was almost another lead, and I loved his performance here. Natalie Portman pulls off an enjoyable blend of villain and victim here. Scarlett Johansson does well as the placid and truthful Mary, and while sometimes it would have been nice to see more emotion, she shows her character's transitions very well.

The worst part of the film overall is that the sense of time is often lost, as events over years feel like mere months, or weeks, and it can feel rushed. I feel that over-editing is probably to blame more than the original script, as one fairly crucial scene was cut but can be seen on the DVD! Still, I felt that it did a decent job of condensing a tale this epic to under two hours, although it probably would have been better if the makers had been open to a longer film.

One casualty of this "short movie" approach is depth and range of the performances, especially the character of Henry VIII himself. The focus is on the lives of the two women, and it is understandable that he is not center stage, but we are given only a glimpse into the change from an amiable and intelligent, if overly proud, monarch into a suspicious and vengeful man. It was too bad, because I really liked Bana's realistic, understated portrayal of Henry, one of the few that doesn't caricature him as a fat chicken-chomping joker with a bad temper, or a hammy "I am a master THESPIAN!" performance. Given more time on screen, I think Bana could have done more with the part. Fuller treatment of Henry's transformation also would have made for a more interesting and possibly darker, more realistic, and less melodramatic film, really showing why some things happen (I won't add any spoilers).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this movie is disgusting i remember seeing the comercials & beinglike wow i want to see that. I finally saw it yesterday & i regret it. it might be a good book and a good movie but its disgusting what anne and her brother do or almost did. :p GROSS!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although there are a lot of mixed reviews about the story, this is a very enjoyable movie. I have never been impressed by Scarlett Johansson until this movie, and Natalie Portman is good as always. So, two thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WELL ITS QUITE A GOOD MOVIE NOT THE BEST BUT STILL ONE OF THOSE MEDIVAL TIME MOVIES!
Smokeyone More than 1 year ago
This was a different aspect to the demise of Anne Boleyn. Great costumes, set, interiors, Scarlett Johansson carried the day.
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