Friday, March 28, 2008

Movie Review: The Other Boleyn Girl

This might not be a good review of The Other Boleyn Girl as I don’t think I understood all the parts in the movie. I have to watch it again. I know that it’s based on Philippa Gregory’s book and it’s about King Henry VIII (Eric Bana) and his wives, etc. So, it sounds like a very interesting movie to me and it really was.

It kind of blew me away. Well, that’s exaggerating but I wonder if the story is based on the real story or not. I’ll have to check that out. (Just checked and yeah, it’s based on the real one!) But, in the movie, King Henry is portrayed as a weak man, who only wants to sleep with different women. Pity his wife, the Queen. He even had to divorce her so that he can sleep with Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman)!

All right, there are two sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson). Mary is already married but then the King has taken a fancy to her and she’s supposed to live in court where he can be with her. This made Anne jealous because she’s the one who’s supposed to be the King’s mistress.

Anyway, Mary gave birth to a baby boy, something the King wants because he needs a male heir. But, at that time, he’s already fallen in love with Anne, and he just ignores Mary and her newborn son. Anne doesn’t want to give herself to him yet, until she becomes the Queen of England, which she becomes eventually.

After that, things go awry for her. She can’t bear the King a son and she starts to panic. When things become bad, she pleaded with her brother to do something for her, something which will cost him his life if it was found out.

The Other Boleyn Girl is a dramatic story/movie. Because of the Anne and Mary’s uncle and father’s greed and silliness, their lives are ruined. Ooh, I really have to read the book!

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