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if you enjoy the murdering of history and literature, this film IS for you
right okay where on earth can you start with this hideous attempt, to create a film out of the amazing novel by Phillipa Gregory, and the historic fantasy that is the Tudor era? firstly, i personally have no problem with the casting of an Australian, American or Israeli in the titular roles, Bana, Johansson and Portman are excellent actors, all three proving themselves time and time over...
yet this abomination of a script, plot and lack of substance ruined every glimmer of good acting on the behalf of the 3 principles. the story failed to revolve around "the other Boleyn girl" Mary, but rather attempted to change both history and the novel.
Jim Sturgess' promising portrayal of George Boleyn, was quickly extinguished by his short role, Bana was not permitted to explore the dynamite that was Henry VIII. The man was a lion, vigorous, attractive enchanting. All of which bana could easily have been, as seen in his previous portrayals of men such as hector prince of Troy. But the film sought to make Henry appear a rapist, a man with no heart, when the truth was that he was a man who gave his heart far too freely. A young prince, the golden boy of the Tudors who's every whim had been addressed, and thus expected the same result for the rest of his life.
And Anne Boleyn! she was no early modern wench who sobbed on the scaffold, even those who destroyed her name in records from the Tudor era, could not fail to praise her spirit, the strength with which she met her demise.
I know some may claim this is an irrelevant point, but tell me, how would most Americans feel if we (British) made your old Abe Lincoln, or Benjamin Franklin out to be a rapist and insensitive beast...whilst turning Amelia Earhart into a sluttish tramp? doesn't sound that great does it? furthermore, i cannot even begin to fathom what could have inspired this travesty of a film, when its release was simultaneous with a TV series entitled the Tudors, covering the same period, which has been critically acclaimed and praised for its portrayal of the period...yes the series also changed history, and possibly its Henry VIII is a little less orthodox than the talented Eric Bana, but at least the characters were portrayed with vigour and substance. Henry is enigmatic and fearsome simultaneously, Anne is sultry and wicked whilst still being relatable to the modern woman...
maybe the director, producers and everyone but the actors involved in the film should have taken a leaf out of the Tudors book, or better yet just let them direct it...
the only thing i pray for is that they do not make the sequel as well...that will truly be the final blow to the American production of English historic movies...
thank god for small favours, that they haven't bought rights for the Boleyn inheritance!
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