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Plot: A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII. Runtime: 115 mins Release Date: 28 Feb 2008
Beautifully acted, solid direction, and a great script....a nearly perfect film! (by shaunricefan)
I didn't know much going in, aside from the exceptional cast, featuring Eric Bana, Natalie Portman, and Scarlett Johanson. But watching it left me breathless. The story was thoroughly engrossing and kept a great pace, leading to a fantastic conclusion. The actors really get to shine in this character driven story. And stylistically, the film is pitch perfect. I think that just about everyone will find something enjoyable in this film. It's a great date movie, and very thought-provoking at the same time.I give it 4 stars and a 10 out of 10!Excellent!!!Wonderful!!!Beautiful!!!
He used to hate History but now... (by FunWithDrugs)
This movie was brilliant. It was everything I thought that it would be. Again I went with my boyfriend, and he detests history so he wasn't too happy. But during the movie all I'd do is glance over at him and he start going, "Watchwatchwatch." He was completely engrossed in the movie and couldn't take his eyes off of it. In the end, I had to ask, "Well, what did you think?" And he replied, "That was amazing. Maybe it was just History class that used to suck in school. Was that how it all really happened?" Haha. If he had the time, I'd suggest that <more>
he read Mary, Bloody Mary. All in all, this movie was one of the greatest historical films. Not boring in the slightest. Very edgy. Loved it.
Good for its Genre of Soap Opera Epics. (by yellowraver05)
I just got back from a 12:00 screening. Of course it was just me my two friends and like five other people it was the first showing after all and all I can say is that I was pleasantly surprised. Ignore the reviews. This movie is ten times better than Memoirs of a Geisha and granted its a soap opera of a movie, its really a good one.Natatlie and Scarlett are surprisingly good. I mean a lot of the reviews were on the fence about both of them, but they pull it off, or they pull what they can with the accents. Portman is devilishly good as Anne. Yes this isn't a good representation about <more>
Anne I prefer Anne of the Thousand Days, which historians and movie critics believe is probably the closest portrayal of the doomed Queen of a Thousand Days but Peter Morgan did an excellent job in not fully adapting the book. The book made her out to be this delusional bitch who you really hate, but in the film he makes her a two dimensional character, which you hate one minute, and really, really love her the next. I am not going to give anything away, but what she goes through from both her Parents, her uncle, her sister, and of course henry and the court, its only fair in saying that the girl had the right to go a little crazy.Scarlett is Mary, and she is sweet, loving, and of course a two dimensional character like Portman's Anne. Its so strange because in the book, she is the main character while Anne gets the supporting role, but in this film both Girls share the title of Other Boleyn Girl equally until the third act which is the final act, where it is clear Mary will forever be known as the "other." Bana is pretty bland in some parts. He is given nothing to do but yell, laugh, seduce, yell some more, and of course go a little mad. Female audience's as well as Bana lovers on these forums, he does show a lot of skin, more than the ladies Jim Sturgess who plays the elder brother George Boleyn, Ana Torrent who plays Katherine of Aragon, and Kristin Scott Thomas who plays Elizabeth Boleyn the mother of Anne and Mary are all equally good in their supporting roles, especially Ms. Thomas who I am so happy is getting work. She is still beautiful and when I was watching her I could not stop thinking that she is Katherine Clifton from the English Patient. Sturgess is also a promising talent. He and the girls had great chemistry.the overall direction is way much better than The Golden Age. Yes okay the plot borderlines Age's soap opera, but Chadwick made Boleyn Girl a good soap opera. It is not over the top in technicals, its subtle textures, and gorgeous costumes from Sandy Powell are all excellent. The score is also subtle and haunting, nothing like the huge epic blasting in Golden Age.Overall I give it an 10 out 10. Its enjoyable, and the performances fit the roles. Portman and Scarjo have a lot of chemistry. It was nice to see them act alongside each other. I think if it had been released for Awards considerations I think costumes, score, and art direction would have been nominated, along with maybe cinematography the countryside shots, as well as palace balls and banquets and Anne's coronation are beyond gorgeous to look at! This film isn't supposed to be taken seriously. I mean look at the material it is based on. The film was made to be enjoyable whether you agree with the story or not. We all know that it is not real, but that is the point of making movies to tell stories we hadn't heard before. This film isn't a history lesson. Its more of a character study between two sisters who were forced by their family to be rivals.
Outstanding New Historiacal film ..Go see (by olddiscs)
I was truly impressed today by the film, "The Other Boleyn Girl" for me its getting the new film year off to a very good start!! Weve known about Ann Boleyn and her beheading but this film gives new insight into reasons why ,and the amazing relationship between Ann and her sister Mary.. The plot line never gets dull and moves at a great pace.. usually historical films can be stodgy and boring This one never lets up..The performances are wonderful , especially,Natalie Portman as Ann and Scarlett Johnansen as Mary... the entire supporting cast is outstanding..The sets and costumes <more>
are very authentic.,and the cinematography is beautiful Im not sure how historically accurate this film is ,but as a movie its well worth seeing Don't miss "The Other Boleyn Girl"
Scarlett Johanson and Natalie Portman are Incredible. (by DarkVulcan29)
There both two of the greatest young actress's out there. And there performances in this period piece is Oscar worthy, if they don't get nominated next year at the Oscars for there performances, we'll shame on the Oscars then. The Story begins with the Boleyn sisters, Mary Scarlett Johanson , and Anne Natalie Portman who are in the company of King Henry Eric Bana also in a great performance . And then Anne begins to scheme, to get King Henry affections, no matter what it costs, or who it hurts, and the chain of events that will follow. This was a great film, well acted, and well <more>
crafted. Not to mention well directed by Justin Chadwick. The Best period piece so far this year.
How can you go wrong with Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johannson and Eric Bana! WoW (by jessie-39)
We start all of our reviews with the following information. My wife and I have seen nearly 100 movies per year for the past 15 years. Recently, we were honored by receiving lifetime movie passes to any movie any time at no cost! So we can see whatever we want whenever we want. The point of this is that CRITICS count for ZERO. Your local critics or the national critics like Ebert are really no different than you or me. The only difference is that they get to write about the movie and are forced to see hundreds of movies whether they want to or not.Therefore, it is our belief that if you get <more>
your monies worth for two hours of enjoyment that is good enough for us! We NEVER EVER listen or read the critics. We only care about our friends and those who we know like the same things as us. Well enough about that.We loved the movie and thought that Natalie Portman was outstanding and Oscar worthy again. Scarlett did a great job and Eric Bana was equal to the task. The costuming and this period piece was simply beautiful with the story and plot line very very interesting. It is nice to see a movie that is a wonder to the eyes without theatrical effects. We recommend it to everyone.
Never have I seen an actress take control of a movie as much as Portman did with Boleyn. She stepped into the role so perfectly and did it was so much confidence. I could feel her pain and ambition. I started shaking during her downward spiral and couldn't stop. It was so intense and heart pounding.Jim Sturgess also made a huge impression. His part was small but his performance was big. I wished there had been more of the brother.The costumes also should win something, anything. They were amazing and really stood out.All in all it was a a pretty good movie. It really grabbed you and kept <more>
you in their world for two hours. I would recommend this to anyone who's old enough because there is a lot of adult material.8 out of 10 stars
A Film Worth Seeing for the Issues of Gender (by lavatch)
The Other Boleyn Girl is a compelling film due to the exceptional performances and the splendid costumes. Additionally, there is simply a terrific story told about the relationship of Henry VIII and the two Boleyn sisters, Anne and Mary.Natalie Portman Anne and Scarlett Johansson Mary are outstanding as characters engaged in both sibling rivalry and sisterly bonding. In the central relationship of the sisters, the film develops the social roles and imposed limitations on women in Tudor England.One of the film's most moving character portrayals is the mother of the two Boleyn Sisters. <more>
In the heartbreaking performance of Kristin Scott Thomas, Elizabeth Boleyn can only watch helplessly as her daughters become pawns of the greedy men Thomas Boleyn and the Duke of Norfolk , who use the young women much like pimps in order to line their pockets and further their own advancement at court. Another sterling aspect of the film is the portrayal of Katherine of Aragon Ana Torent , another victim of the men due to the obsessive pursuit of Henry VIII to beget a male heir, leading to his momentous divorce from Katherine and England's break with the church of Rome.While commentators may point out the omissions of many of the details from the novel by Philippa Gregory, the film is still true to the spirit of the book. It is also a faithful representation of the role of women in Tudor age. The film effectively presents the gender issues from the perspective of many of the remarkable women of the age along with the reminder of the greatest legacy of Anne Boleyn, which was the indirect result of her relationship of Henry VIII. That legacy was the future ruler of England...and also a woman: Elizabeth I.
I am quite the avid movie watcher and I have to say this movie has got to be one of the best I have ever seen. Now I haven't read the book and I am sure it doesn't follow the book very well. After all most movies that go from book to film don't follow the book well at all.I went in this film knowing a little about the Boleyn girls aside from the what my history teacher taught me about all six of Henry VIII wives. I must say memorizing all six names for that test came in handy and helped me draw some connections.This movie was almost perfectly casted. Natalie Portman did a stunning <more>
job as Anne Boleyn and I hope to see she gets recognized for this role. Scarlett Johansson did a great job as well and really gives you a different perspective on Anne Boleyn while this movie portrays Mary as more of the innocent younger sister. While Natalie plays Anne to seem cruel and evil, in a way that I would have maybe never pictured Anne. Jim Sturgess, a rising star since Across the Universe, nailed his role. He is one to watch in the future as he shows undeniable talent. His chemistry between his character George Boleyn and sister Anne was amazingly good and believable. Seeing his character, George being dragged to be executed tore at my heart and made me cry as well as Anne's. I don't think that I have ever fallen in love with characters in a movie more till I saw this movie. Eric Bana also did a great job, however I think he could have captured the character of Henry VIII a little better. In all the history books, he seemed like such a ladies man and yet so incredibly evil. Which in some sense he captured but I still think he could have done better. The love scenes were done very tastefully showed the passion and didn't really show anything offensive.Over all I think this movie was very good. I highly recommend it to anyone. Some say that it was a poorly penned script but I think that it was beautifully written capturing the heart of each character. Some say that it sped to quickly through some parts, I somewhat agree, but come on you can't keep the audience watching forever. The actors and actresses were almost perfectly cast, each excelled in their role. Overall a great movie.