The Other Boleyn Girl
I’m sorry, Natalie Portman. I love you but…
I think I would’ve enjoyed this movie more had I not grown up addicted to the lives of Henry VIII’s wives. The Other Boleyn Girl is 10% fact, 70% fiction, and 20% opinion. Try as I might, I couldn’t bring myself NOT to turn to Elena or Cham for my whispered vocal footnotes.
I can’t even begin to enumerate how wonky the story was if compared with real history. It totally belonged to an alternate dimension.
I suppose it could be considered a good fanfic, with Mary Boleyn as its heroine. But if you want a well-depicted period piece, you’ll find that Henry VIII (starring Ray Winstone, Emily Blunt and Helena Bonham Carter) is a lot more (but not exactly) accurate despite its exaggerated romanticism.
At the end of the movie, Elena and Cham mentioned Troy. Don’t even get me started on that…
This very very short review also appears in Coolay.com. I didn’t truncate it (in this space) because it’s already too short.