So, I checked out the new Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson film, The Other Boleyn Girl, last night and I liked it. There have been a lot of negative reviews for the flick, but I personally found it entertaining. It wasn't the best movie I have ever seen, but it definitely fulfilled my need to see a good movie.
Portman plays the witty and clever Anne Boleyn who I have a personal connection with because I studied and played her during an acting workshop last year in "Anne of a Thousand Days." She was an overly ambitious woman who manifested questionable behavior, but I think she had a heart buried underneath all of her spite and manipulations. Portman was riveting as usual.
Johansson also gave a strong performance as the demure Mary. She loved her sister despite the pain of losing Henry VIII's affections to her. Even when Anne's fate with the king takes a turn and he no longer desires but resents her, Mary still stands by her sister. She is as loyal as they come. A true definition of sisterhood.
Eric Bana (Henry VIII), Mark Rylance (Sir Thomas) and Kristin Scott Thomas (Mrs. Sir Thomas) also give solid performances in the film written by Peter Morgan and directed by Justin Chadwick.
I don't think it will be an Oscar contender next year. But, it did the trick last night of giving me something to entertain me for a couple of hours.