The Other Boleyn Girl

The Movie Club tried to use Video On Demand to watch The Other Boleyn Girl, but since it wasn’t a part of the list, we rented it on Blu-Ray. I was highly disappointed by this movie. I was expecting it to be comparable to The Tudors (of which, I’ve only seen the first few episodes). Miles thinks it was mostly the direction. He’s probably right.

There were so many times where I thought, “What? That doesn’t even make sense!” If you’re pulled out of the movie in this way, it’s never a good sign – and it happened multiple times. So many things unexplained and characters would do things that just didn’t make sense for the way they had set them up. Even though you probably know how it all ends, I don’t want to go into specifics of this because of spoilers.

I couldn’t hear anything that was said because everything was spoken in a whisper, no matter how loud the TV was.

Ever since this SNL digital short, (offensive language/suggestion used) I can’t help but thoroughly enjoy Natalie Portman – even though I didn’t enjoy the way her character was portrayed in certain parts of the movie (again, probably a reflection of the direction). Eric Bana and Scarlett Johansson did probably as best as they could. But the intensity of the passion and scandals weren’t as intense as I felt it should have been and when any of the characters were convicted wrongly at trial, or at even if convicted justly, I didn’t feel bad for them. The whole movie left me feeling … *blah*. Miles asked me, three hours later, what I thought of it and it took several moments to even remember what we had seen. It left no impression.

I *did* enjoy one thing from the movie. The exterior establishing shots. They were of buildings and villages in a style I tend to fall in love with – high contrast with a hint of a goldish hue. If the rest of the movie had been in this same style, I would have had something to be interested in.

It was a movie based on historical events and it could have been better. I have such a bland feeling toward it that I don’t know how to rate it, but just for the sake of rating, I give The Other Boleyn Girl a 2 out of 5 stars.

Watch The Tudors instead – it’s about most of the same characters.

Edit 07/11/08, 8:45PM: Miles has reminded me the reason why we didn’t continue watching The Tudors was because what we saw contained a surprising amount of partial nudity; it is rated Mature.  The Other Boleyn Girl did not have nudity; it is rated PG-13.