The Other Boleyn Girl is not boring. In fact, Days of Our Lives has nothing on this drama. No, not even the episode where Marlena gets possessed. This movie is non-stop melodramatic action. Action, in every sense of the word.
The genetically blessed cast includes Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn, Scarlett Johansson as Mary Boleyn and the hottest hottie on the block, Eric Bana as Henry Tudor. So, really, there’s something for everyone, even if period dramas are not your cup of English tea.
Because I’m no expert on Tudor history, I’m not sure how accurate the plot of this movie is. I will say that it is absolutely engulfing and at times unbelievable, in a good way. The actors strut around in their period costumes looking regal and taking turns pouting and brooding until they get their way. The King (Bana) is married but bored with his wife. He takes Mary Boleyn (Scarlett) as a mistress but when she gets knocked up and put on bed rest, he decides to amuse himself with her sister Anne (Portman) and chaos ensues. Even though you probably know how this ends, you will still become wrapped up in this over-dramatic romp through one of the most interesting parts of English history.
All three main actors are wonderful and worthy in this movie. You get the feeling that you are not just watching pretty thespians but bona-fide movie stars in action. Each commands the screen and makes you invested in not only their characters, but the borderline campy film, as well. Not an easy feat in a season of original, compelling movies and on the heels of the success of No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood, among other, worthier attempts.
Bottom line, this is not a great movie, but it’s fun escapism and well-done at that.
I say, see it in the theater. It’s a lovely, fluffy escape that’s a thrill to watch without weighing you down. But, go to a matinee. I’m not sure it’s worth the full price of admission. Plus, then you have money left over for popcorn. And, you need popcorn for this movie, trust me.