Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Never As Good

I watched this movie last night on Pay Per View. It was not bad but I read the book and that was SO MUCH BETTER. The story is about Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's second wife and her sister, Mary, who was his mistress while he was married to Katharine of Aragon.
The movie stars Natalie Portman as Anne which I didn't think was right at first. I thought that Scarlett Johansson would make for a better conniving, manipulative backstabber. Natalie Portman proved me wrong though. She did an excellent job as the seductress and was a great little actress in this movie. I also was surprised by how sexy Eric Bana (Henry Tudor) was in the movie. I don't find him that sexy otherwise.
The movie left so much out! I know that it has to for time and such but I think that it leaves too much out sometimes. I felt that the movie didn't develop the relationship with Anne and Mary and George, their brother. It didn't show how close they were like Philippa Gregory does in the book. Also, some things shown in the movie are factually wrong- Mary Boleyn gives birth to a son, yes, but her first child is a girl, Catherine. Also, the movie never tells you what happened to Mary's first husband, William Carey.
I love this kind of stuff. I recommend that you read Philippa Gregory's books if you enjoyed the movie. I am reading something else right now but when that is done, I'm going to read this. Have you seen the movie? Have you read the book?

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