The Other Boleyn Girl

2008

Action / Biography / Drama / History / Romance

89
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 42%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 62%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 93531

Synopsis


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Cast

Scarlett Johansson as Mary Boleyn
Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn
Eddie Redmayne as William Stafford
Benedict Cumberbatch as William Carey
720p.BLU
599.36 MB
1280*720
English
PG-13
23.976 fps
1hr 55 min
P/S 5 / 51

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Andre Bonavita 6 / 10

Nice costume design and only that.

The other Boleyn Girl is a film that show the life of the Boleyn sisters in the King Henry's court till Ann became her Queen. The movie have a beautiful costume designs and locations. However the film have many hiatotical facts problems as characters ages, the kids borned, the relation with other characters and the characthers personality are all wrong. To me when a director and screenwriters decides made a historical film they must mantain some points as the real life. Natalie Portman was fantastic as Ann Boleyn, many scenes we can feel her feelings. Eric Bana however is terrible, a robot with few expressions. But Eddie Redmayne in his small paper was realy nice. Scarlet Johansson is only a pretty face. To the title was wrong. The other Boleyn girl seems a reference to Mary characther but to me Ann is the protagonist. This historical romance is only a median movie.

Reviewed by Jeffrey Burton 9 / 10

Great Acting and Production

Actually I would've given this movie an 8 but I find I have to compensate for the idiots who review on IMDb using their personal tastes instead of some artistic criteria. If you want movies to be exactly tailored to your taste MAKE YOUR OWN MOVIE.

I also have to compensate for the 'history must be as accurate as a documentary' idiots. If you want precision watch a documentary. This is historic FICTION if you can't understand that within the first 15 minutes of the movie I just don't know what to tell you.

Now that I've got that out of the way... This is a well done costume drama. Natalie Portman as Anne and Scarlett Johansson as Mary are just incredible. Natalie shines, especially. The movie is as accurate as it needs to be to tell the story of two sisters set against each other and a family doomed by it's father's ambition, the intrigues of court and the whims of a king. All the actors are great.

The story is very engaging and as I usually do with historic fiction, I checked it against the Wiki entry on the subject and found it be accurate on all major points. The direction and art production are also good.

This movie got me from the very beginning and I found myself rooting for characters even though I knew how it would end for them.

Yes, the movie does have some rough edges but for what it is and what it sets out to do, it succeeds. It's a compelling story, well told and well acted and if you like historic fiction and costume drama, well worth your while.

Reviewed by Robert J. Maxwell 6 / 10

It's GOOD to be the king.

An uninspired title for a lavish royal story of intrigue, ambition, lust, power, mishigas, and witchery, bitchery, block. There were two Bolyn girls, you see -- Scarlett Johanssen as shy Mary Bolyn, with her exquisitely misshapen features, and Natalie Portman as Anne, girlish and grasping. The Bolyns, like the royal family itself, is full of knaves. I mean, imagine a father pimping off his two daughters, even to a Eric Bana's king.

Henry VIII (ruled 1509 -1547) is Eric Bana, who gives a subdued performance compared to, say, Charles Laughton or Robert Shaw. Henry ran through six wives, enough that a mnemonic peg has proved itself useful over the years:

King Henry VIII, To six wives he was wedded. One died, one survived, Two divorced, two beheaded.

This movie deals with the first two -- Catherine of Aragon of Spain, who stubbornly refuses to give Henry a son and heir but becomes instead the mother of Mary Queen of Scots, perhaps out of spite. The marriage is annulled, a great shock at the time, and the actress, the magnificent Ana Torrent, gives the role all she's got. But as Catherine approaches menopause after twenty-four years of marriage, the frustrated younger Henry has had enough. Catherine leaves the court in a high dudgeon, dies later in prison, and Henry takes up with shy Mary, she of the low dudgeon but high bosom, of which the viewer gets not a glimpse.

Now, I'm describing the movie, not the historical facts because I'm unable to remember anything that happened before I was five years old. In any case, Mary and Henry get along quite well, although of course they aren't married. The men of the court, especially Boleyn pater, are anxious to see Mary become queen. The dialog is exceptional when the nobles question Mary about her first night. "Did he lie with you?" "Yes, he lay with me." "Did he lie with you more than once?" "Yes, he lay with me more than once." It was enough. She gives birth -- but to a girl, not a boy. The end credits tell us that this is, in fact, the case and that the girl grew up to be Elizabeth I -- the Elizabethan Age of Shakespeare, Sir Francis Drake, the Spanish Armade, Errol Flynn, et al. I understand the claim is in some dispute.

The king sheds Mary, though. First of all, he's not keen on baby girls as heirs, though he's willing enough to give it another go. "Well, if she can bear a healthy baby girl, she can bear a healthy baby boy." He's put off the scent by the conations of Mary's sister Anne. It's hard to tell from the film whether Anne is deliberately trying to undo Mary's position, which has seemed secure. The king is tender with Mary and she has grown to love him. In any case, Anne enters the king's affections kind of crabwise, which isn't hard since Anne is beautiful and flirtatious while the king seems to be ruled entirely by his glands. As history has shown, Anne has made a big mistake and is succeeded by Jane Seymour, the wife from whom the actress (née Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg) copped her name.

All of the performances are up to par, as is the direction. Scarlett Johansson gives the most notable performance, possibly because it's the most complex, whereas Portman is shackled to the role of bitch with mute. We don't see that much of Eric Bana as Henry, but he joins all the men of the story in being scheming and unscrupulous brutes. Not that the women are much better, with the exceptions of shy Mary and proud Catherine.

I kind of enjoyed it, although if you stripped the story of its historical roots and cut its budget by about 999,999% what you'd wind up with is something resembling a Lifetime Network Movie. You know, give the characters contemporary dress, get rid of the "lie with"s, and make the king a CEO, and there you have it.

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