Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan.
A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII. Written by
The film never reveals that George Boleyn is a homosexual. In interviews, Jim Sturgess says that George is more like a girl because he is rather catty, and the idea of sleeping with a woman repulsed him. That explains why he was so afraid of sleeping with Anne (besides treachery and incest). See more »
Elizabeth was not an infant at the time of Anne's execution, but a child of two years and eight months. See more »
King Henry VIII:
[Before the hunt]
With no man to hold onto how do you plan to stay on your horse?
[She gets on her own horse]
As you do Your Grace, with my thighs.
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Overall, the movie is entertaining. I thought the acting was good, particularly Scarlett Johansson's. The cinematography and editing leave much to be desired, and the entire movie seems rushed. If you have any knowledge of Tudor history,you will recognize the many inaccuracies, but those did not bother me as much as did the fact that important characters were omitted, undeveloped, or even seemingly forgotten (as in the case of Mary's husband, William Carey).
There ARE very affecting characters and scenes, but I left the theatre wishing for MORE. The fascinating lives of these people simply cannot be dealt with in a movie that lasts less than two hours.
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