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The Other Boleyn Girl

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Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, ...
Alex Bailey

The Other Boleyn Girl

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
115 minutes
Wide Release Date:
02/29/08
performer:
Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Eric Bana
director:
Justin Chadwick
distributor:
Columbia Pictures
author:
Peter Morgan
genre:
Historical, Drama

We gave it a B+

Adapted from Philippa Gregory’s weighty 672-page novel, the bodice-ripping movie The Other Boleyn Girl wisely boils the drama down to the sordid battle between demure Mary (Scarlett Johansson) and her dynamo sister Anne (Natalie Portman) for the love of the king (Eric Bana). Lushly shot amid elaborate sets, Boleyn may not be high art — but it never tries to be. EXTRAS A standard commentary with director Justin Chadwick, but nary a peep from the starry cast. The real gem is the generous set of 12 extended/deleted scenes, which fill in many of the film’s emotional gaps. B+