Watch This: The Other Boleyn Girl (2003)

3.0 out of 5 stars Another Other Boleyn Girl

Wish I had a dollar for every Henry VIII movie I’ve watched. This version of Philippa Gregory’s best seller deviates from the book, so I’ll review it on its own merits.

What I liked:
The costumes and scenery.
The casting – it’s refreshing to watch lesser known actors in such familiar roles.
The portrayal of Henry as less megalomanic and somewhat more human in his relationships with men and women alike.
The portrayal of Anne as every bit the match of any male courtier who schemed and plotted for advancement.
The understated treatment of the execution of Anne Boleyn.

What I did not like:
The weasel-y characterization of George Boleyn and the absence of his wife in the plot.
The omission of Cardinal Wolsey as a major player in Anne’s drama.
The depiction of the incest between Anne and George as a documented fact.
The absence of others who undoubtedly masterminded Anne’s downfall.
The “video-diary” monologues, used as summary shortcuts.

Like many made-for-TV movies, The Other Boleyn Girl could have been better, but it also could have been worse. (Like its 2008 big screen counterpart.) I’d watch this version again, even without the dollar.


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