Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)


The Tudors get sexed up for the Gossip Girl set. And when Anne Boleyn exchanges serene looks with her sister to imply the courts have set her free, director Justin Chadwick craftily cuts to a wide shot to reveal - gasp! - Anne has been sent to the scaffold instead!!

Eric Bana and his juiced up pecs play Henry VIII, Natalie Portman is a superbitch Anne, with Scarlett Johansson as her docile sister whose love for Luke Perry is bland and true. As ever Bana is stiff in all the wrong parts, Johansson is her usual blank self and while Portman grapples valiantly with a British accent and stolid period-speak, it's to little avail.

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