I hardly ever write movie reviews, and there’s a very good reason for that. I hardly ever see movies. I don’t know when this happened because I used to see LOTS of movies. I think my DVR is partially to blame. Now that I don’t see commercials, I don’t even know what movies are out in the movie theaters. And we have all we can do to keep up with the TV shows that we watch, so we rarely resort to Blockbuster for our nightly entertainment. All that to say, I rarely see a movie.
But somehow I found out about The Other Boleyn Girl, and I had to see it because a few years ago, one of my friends told me about the book and loaned it to me, and I read it and loved it. In fact, I became so enamored with the life and wives and children of Henry VIII that I went on to read a bunch of other books of that genre. I enjoyed them all, but none compared in character development to The Other Boleyn Girl. I love that book. So when I heard that it was being made into a movie, I knew I had to see it.
I may have mentioned that my family has been sick for, like, EVER. So last night I had had enough togetherness, and I called out an SOS to a friend and we went to see The Other Boleyn Girl. First, I should warn you that this movie, although rated PG13, is not a movie I would want my 13-year-old child to see.
Suffice it to say, this movie is NOT for the faint of heart. It’s also not the movie to go see if you’re in the mood for a sappy, feel-good romance. If you know anything of the story of Ann Boleyn, then you already know how it ends. According to the IMDB, the movie is rated PG13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content and some violent images. And y’all. There is not much else OTHER than sexual content and violent images.
However, as my friend said when we left the theater, truth is stranger than fiction, and there is a reason that is a common expression. The tale of the Boleyn sisters is ideal movie material. As with any movie based on an excellent book, there is so much that has to be left out in order to fit the story into the requisite 120-minute movie format, that you will probably leave the movie theater feeling as if you wanted much more. At least, that’s how I felt, having read and loved the book. But I can say that the movie was as true to the book as possible. I just can’t help but feel it would be better suited to a 6-hour mini-series.
I can’t tell you much more because it will give too much away, but if you are not turned off by “sexual content and violent images”, and if you enjoy movies that are rooted in some semblance of historical truth, you may enjoy this movie. Although given the choice, I much prefer the book.
Have you read the book? Seen the movie? What are your thoughts?