A Royal Affair | The Other Boleyn Girl at 10 - HeadStuff
Best known for losing her head to the king, first metaphorically, then literally, Anne Boleyn Natalie Portman, saucy , along with her sister, Mary Scarlett Johansson, sedate , entered the court of the king Eric Bana, brooding and glowering when he was still wed to Catherine of Aragon Ana Torrent. His sexual wish was their command. According to this oddly plotted and frantically paced pastiche — written by Peter Morgan, directed by Justin Chadwick — the girls were more or less the Paris and Nicky Hilton of the Tudor court. Sir Thomas Kristin Scott Thomas clucked darkly from the sidelines. Instead of letting the story rip, though, the film plays it safe and predictable by dividing the sisters into the bad brunette and gentle blonde, thereby displacing the courtly intrigue onto two warring women. The Boleyn sisters were the kind of trouble that can make for bodice-ripping entertainment, but they were also the kind of unruly women who sometimes risked burning.
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Part costume romance, part political drama, The Other Boleyn Girl is all about sisterly rivalry in the Tudor court. However, it is the younger sister Mary Scarlett Johansson who Henry becomes enamoured with. Later, Anne and Henry begin an affair.