The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

by missizziemcguinness


‘When was it that people stopped thinking of ambition as insane and started thinking of it as a virtue?’

The Other Boleyn Girl is a film about two sisters Anne (Natalie Portman) and Mary (Scarlett Johannson) who compete for the affections of King Henry VIII (Eric Bana) to become Queen. It is based on the Philippa Gregory novel of the same name and based on the 16th century events involving Henry VIII, one of his wives Anne Boleyn and her sister. It has a near all star cast, to include Eddie Redmayne, Kristin Scott Thomas and Benedict Cumberbatch, but having an all star cast doesn’t mean that it is good.

I find that it is a very dramatic movie, apparently not very historically accurate, so much of the film is taken up with diologue, Eric Bana and many others striding around in period appropriate costumes and Natalie Portman’s character being a (excuse my French) bit of a bitch to her sister. Personally, I wouldn’t want to steal the partner or boyfriend off one of my sisters because that would be odd, however it would need to be applied to two sisters winning over the affection of the King of England, not two computer scientists.

Good choice of an all star cast, good script and costumes but there is something about the whole film that makes it drag on a bit.