First off, I must state that I loved Philippa Gregory’s novel, The Other Boleyn Girl. I found it to be a page turner (even though I knew the ending), educational (I spent hours reading real life history after reading this book), romantic, scandalous, and intriguing. I very much looked forward to this movie.

It could be that the book was too long to properly tackle. It could be that the screenwriter thought he could somehow improve upon the best-selling novel. Or maybe it was the fact that without the historical knowledge, this movie would have made no sense.

The good: Natalie Portman. I think had Anne been properly scripted, she would have been even better. Having said that, she was very convincing, particulary during the execution scene.

The costumes: they were all gorgeous.

The Bad:

Um, where do I start?

The film held true to the novel only in one regard, really, Anne Boleyn had a sister who was the king’s mistress before she was.

William Stafford wasn’t hot enough.

Scarlett Johanssen wore the same expression on her face throughout the entire movie.

Not enough George.

There was absolutely no sense of the time it took for the king to move on from Mary (who bore him TWO children) to Anne and then to divorce Katharine. It seemed like it all took place in about two years when it was much longer than that. Additionally, there was no real sense of the impact his actions had on the country.

By having Mary come to court on request of the King, the film eliminated the intriguing relationship Mary had with Katharine.

The film failed to provide the atmosophere of the court..a court that thrived on pleasure seeking and ambition. This very tense and artificial environment could have been such a wonderful backdrop for understanding what was going on in the film.

I could go on and on, but really it just felt like a whole different story.

Sometimes, when our TBR piles get too high, we skip on reading the book and just watch the movie. In this case, I must tell you not to bother with the movie…the book is infinitely better and cheaper and more rewarding.

My recommendation is to save your 10.50 and grab the mass market edition of this book. You won’t be sorry.

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  2. Britni Says:

    I haven’t read the book, but I completely agree with your review of the movie. It was a basic history lesson but nothing more than that. I’m going to have to check out the book. Love the site by the way… I’m a big reader and love new recommendations and reviews.

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