The Other Boleyn Girl Reviews
Everyone in the movie seems to possess only one or two characteristics. King Henry is lustful and easily manipulated. Anne is ambitious and vengeful. Mary is sweet and loves her family to a fault. I don't know how true the movie is to actual history, but I doubt that these people were as emotionally shallow as they seemed here.
Scarlett and and Natalie make a good on-screen pair, and both are easy on the eyes in their period clothing. My opinion of which was the more beautiful changed from scene to scene. Check this out if you enjoy either of the actresses or you like a period drama that's not necessarily epic, but is fairly interesting.
Heaving bosoms constrained by ravishing frocks are the order the day in this sumptuous period piece, a perfect diversion while you?re waiting for the next series of The Tudors. History doesn?t get much of a look in, but when you?ve got Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johanssen and Eric Bana all pouting their faces off, who cares?
Best Bit: Anne Boleyn?s necklace, the one with the big silver letter ?B?. Chav-tastic!
Nate's Grade: C-
Baby Mama - 2008 is becoming a year dominated by Tina Fey. She won three Emmys for her Best Comedy TV series [i]30 Rock[/i], including writing and acting, and her dead-on portrayal of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has branded the public perception of this political figure. [i]Baby Mama[/i] is a mildly entertaining comedy that works because of the finely honed chemistry between Fey and her former [i]Saturday Night Live[/i] co-star, Amy Poehler. The movie is at its best when these two women can play off one another. The banter isn't laugh-out-loud funny but provokes plenty of smiles and chuckles. The movie goes in an unforeseen direction in the third act that attempts to raise the stakes through drama, but it feels like a disappointing direction for what is essentially a female buddy comedy. The jokes flow at a steady pace and the movie has a great supporting cast of big names that know how to leave their mark, like Steve Martin as a daffy New Age CEO and Sigourney Weaver as a amazingly fertile boss.
Nate's Grade: B
The Other Boleyn Girl - The story of Henry the Eighth and his many wives is a tale full of romance, danger, betrayal, and sweeping historical changes; it's the most popular soap opera of its age. The 700-page book was naturally going to get slimmed down as a feature film, and [i]The Other Boleyn Girl[/i] feels a bit too streamlined for all the heavy historical events that take place. The production values are all top-notch and the story has some juicy moments. It presents an intriguing angle by showcasing the conniving rivalry between the Boleyn sisters (Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman). The acting falls under that period film gravity where the actors all speak stately and enunciate every syllable slowly, like they were testing out the sound for the first time. Portman is especially fun in a villainous role. Eric Bana is completely at odds with history as Henry VIII, but I suppose it would be harder for modern audiences to accept young nubile ladies vying for the affection of a huge, ugly man with a leg of mutton in his grip.
Nate's Grade: B
Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay - I was a big fan of the first outing to White Castle, a crude stoner comedy that also happened to be clever in its outrageousness. The [i]Harold and Kumar[/i] sequel returns the same writers but what the hell happened? The first film separated itself from its class of juvenile jokesters because it had charm and wit, but this mediocre movie just stumbles from one uninspired comedic setup to another. The boys get mistaken for terrorists and then the movie becomes a ramshackle road trip through America. The gags are lame and easily telegraphed. Regrettably, many jokes are reheated from the first film, like Kumar's fantasies involving an anthropomorphic living bag of weed. The presence of the hysterically gifted Neil Patrick Harris gives the film a boost but even NPH cannot save these less-than-stellar shenanigans. The comic set pieces don't add up together into something greater, and the only scene worth remembering is when the boys smoke weed with President Bush. You know you're in bad shape when even the gratuitous nudity feels tacky and boring.
Nate's Grade: C
Semi-Pro - Will Ferrell should just retire doing sports movies.
Nate's Grade: C-[/color][/font]
The Other Boleyn Girl is an interesting film in that it is really an examination of an entire families obsession with power. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman as the Boleyn sisters (Mary and Anne). The main plot is how the family wants each sister to lure Henry away from his wife so as to get him his male heir and their hands on royal power. The sisters end up in a rivalry over the kings affections.
What's amazing is how far the family is willing to let their daughters go to achieve their goal. Portman and Johansson give us good performances, but the supporting cast tends to over do it as they go through their motions. If the film could have been just the two leading ladies for two hours it would have been fine. It's just the background characters got in the way.
Overall a barely above average drama that will be forgotten by everyone except fans of this kind of genre.
I hated the fact that a 'mighty King' could be so easily misled by women. And the result would be a separation between the country and the church which was at that time a big thing. Common, think with your head instead of your dick!
Good acting, beautiful set decoration and average cinematography. The other Boleyn whore... I mean girl, is recommended to those who enjoy medieval drama.