The Other Boleyn Girl
In the 16th century, there were strict expectations and limitations on women and King Henry IV enforces them mercilessly in The Other Boleyn Girl. When the wife of King Henry IV, (Eric Bana) Katherine of Aradon (Ana Torrent) can’t bear him any children he begins looking around the kingdom for someone to give him an heir to the throne. Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman) is approached by her father Sir Thomas Boleyn (Mark Rylance) and her uncle, the Duke of Norfolk (David Morrissey) to help the Boleyn family acquire wealth and prestige. With a little manipulation, Anne marries King Henry and bears a child – a daughter named Elizabeth. (That’s another story) Disappointed, the King begins taking Anne’s sister Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson) to his bed chambers. (This was when I began thinking some of the leaders in this country aren’t so bad after all.) Complications keep Mary from becoming the next queen (It would seem that she is already married) and Anne is brought back into the king’s court which eventually leads to a tragic ending. When they’re on screen, Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson add intelligence and feeling to what could have easily been a dry historical tale. The story runs along at a fairly even pace until the plot begins to thicken, then it races to the climax. If only the script would have been a little more aggressive it would have been a more powerful film. I almost had to laugh every time a scene changed and men and horses raced from one place to the next. It was a little like watching my favorite drama with people racing around in cars every time they changed locations. As period pieces go, it was actually entertaining and not too confusing. I’m giving it a B- rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.