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Like most of you, I have read The Other Boleyn Girl numerous times and have even read all the other books written by Philippa Gregory about this time era. I have eagerly been awaiting the arrival of this movie for months now. When I finally did see the movie, I was captivated and a little disapointed. But then, how do you squish one of the most monumental incidents in English history, an event that spanned many years, into two hours and properly capture the politics, the history, the emotions, and the characters who were intertwined in that time period? I thought the book was fairly historically accurate. Obviously there were some things in it that are still being disputed by historians, but since no one really knows the answer, the authoress had to choose a side. And Gregory did her research! A lot of that research was left out of the movie. The book was even altered a little. But the acting was phenomenal. I'm not a huge fan of Natalie Portman, but I believe that she pulled off Anne Boleyn, and Scarlett Johansson, Jim Sturgess, and Eric Bana all did extremely well. The movie had top notch acting! Of course the movie does not come close to the book but I don't remember the last time I watched a movie that did its origin justice. For what was to be worked with, the movie was excellent! If you don't read the book first, you'll porbably be lost. Even still, enjoy it for what it is and appreciate the effort. By the way, I have to disagree that the book was degrading to women. It was, in fact, about two very different girls, who were thrust into the games and gambles of the "superior" gender, and who both broke the rules, only each in a very separate and specific way. Whether you like Anne or not, she changed England, politically and religiously. And Mary lived happily ever after! Take your pick...
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