March 23, 2008

The Other Boylen Girl

This was a very good movie based on the life of Anne Boylen, 2nd wife of Henry the VIII.  I really enjoy period movies to begin with..but this one has Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman and that just makes it that much better! hehe  I didn't find Natalie Portman as believable as Anne Boylen.  And, they did the Rome Treatment in this film as well...ie trying to use an accusation of incest as a means to drive the plot.  They really did not need to do that....there were plenty of other historical based accusations that would have moved the plot sufficiently just not with the shock and awe value as saying she was accused of sleeping with her brother - her gay brother, according to the book this movie is based upon. 

The reason I say this is the Rome Treatment is in the HBO Series Rome, there was a scene where Octavian (the future Augustus) sleeps with his sister, which is absolutely historically inaccurate.  Egyptian Pharaohs do that...not Conservative Romans - and even they were married (the Egyptians).

Despite these issues, I highly recommend the movie.  I will be getting it on DVD.   7.5 out of 10.

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