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 (my companions) 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…