The Other Boleyn Girl

Rating: ★★
Category: Movies
Genre: Drama

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.

17 Comments

  1. Mito Tubilleja

    April 11, 2008 at 1:53 am

    sabi namin ni leki, sa character ng king hindi na accurate…never naging ganun ka-hot si henry viii hahahaha

    troy amp. super dizappointment 😀

  2. Bea Lapa

    April 11, 2008 at 1:54 am

    kulay pa lang ng buhok mali na. hahahahaha! redhead si henry viii.

  3. Mito Tubilleja

    April 11, 2008 at 2:05 am

    naku…ako pala si henry viii hahaahahahahahahahahah (eeck!)
    elizabeth : the golden age? hahaha lahat sila pare-parehong inaccurate

  4. Bea Lapa

    April 11, 2008 at 2:07 am

    iba iba naman kasi ang mga findings ng historians so wala talagang movie na magiging totally accurate. pero eto grabe! fanfic talaga.

    kung siguro ginawa niyang parang yung version nina keirra knightley ng arthurian tales, puwede pa. kasi yun naman, talagang established na alternate reality ang premise.

    di ko pa nga napapanood any of the elizabeth movies, though i've been dying to.

  5. Alexandra Lapa

    April 11, 2008 at 2:15 am

    hahaha well given na dapat isuspend mo muna ang beliefs mo…i still want to check it out. napagod ako sa pagbabasa nung libro nito eh, non-stop plotting and scheming. historical inaccuracies aside, panget ba tlga?

  6. Bea Lapa

    April 11, 2008 at 2:25 am

    ok naman. for a fanfic. nabilisan lang ako masyado. so di ko siya na-appreciate. para akong nanood ng pinoy movie pero naka-gowns and stuff.

  7. Mito Tubilleja

    April 11, 2008 at 3:50 am

    mas maayos “elizabeth 1”.
    tapos maganda rin “the queen”.
    golden age…hindi ganun ka-golden kahit wow sa costume design hahaha

  8. Bea Lapa

    April 11, 2008 at 4:02 am

    alam nyo, kagabi ko pa iniisip… hindi talaga ako nagagandahan kay scarlett johansson. ako lang ba ang nag-iisip ng ganito? kasi parang ang pangit ng ipin niya, masyadong malaki ang ilong niya, tapos yung bibig niya masyadong nao-overpower ang mukha niya.

    i mean, angelina jolie has huge lips…but her powerful eyes balance them out.

  9. Mito Tubilleja

    April 11, 2008 at 4:32 am

    ehehehe naweweirduhan nga ako pag nakikita ko sa scarlet. nagulat nga ako na may tambalan sila ni natalie portman. Natalie ako hands down

  10. yan baltazar

    April 11, 2008 at 5:02 am

    sacrilege!!! walang kokontra sa Scarlett! pero kung papapiliin nga nman scarlett o natalie, natalie na lang.

    salamat sa heads-up ms bei. at onga panoorin mo elizabeth. anjan na ba the tudors sa ruins? tpos na ata first season e. para makapanood nman ng iba pang take sa buhay at mga babae ni henry VIII.

    ba't kaya si queen victoria di na pinapansin? puro na lang mga tudors.

  11. Bea Lapa

    April 11, 2008 at 5:05 am

    eh boring daw kasi masyado siyang in love sa asawa niya. yung sa tudors puno ng drama.

  12. Len -

    April 11, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Wag naman kasing i-kumpara si Scarlett tsaka si Angelina– Angie is like the hotness of the universe even in 3D! < .< >.> Heck I'd watch her in a B-movie! — maybe…

  13. Mito Tubilleja

    April 12, 2008 at 2:18 am

    hahahaha nakita yung yung isang part sa beowulf na lumiit ang bibig nya? may part dun na halos nagmukhang lalake si angelina 😀

  14. Mito Tubilleja

    April 12, 2008 at 2:20 am

    inquisition ang hinihintay ko!!!
    although may movie (Goya's Ghosts) na nagtackle ng inquisition.(starring Javier Bardem, Stelan Skarsgaard, NATALIE PORTMAN)

  15. Bea Lapa

    April 13, 2008 at 1:06 am

    malaking bagay sakin yung maayos na ipin (yung hindi nagsisiksikan sa bibig). sa yaman ni scarlett, sana man lang nagpaayos siya.

    haha. ang hirap talaga pag celebrity. lahat tinitingnan.

    as for your question as to who's older (yung tinatanong mo during the movie), it's mary boleyn. though a few historians said that it was anne, there were more historians and even more relatives and descendants that claimed otherwise. the title of earl of ormonde was supposed to be held by the descendant of the older boleyn sister (in the absence of a male heir) and even elizabeth believed it belonged to henry carey, mary's son. the title was claimed by mary's grandson, lord hundson.

    shempre for the sake of drama and controversy, ginawa nilang older sister si anne sa movie.

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