I remember I wrote about this movie, but I cannot find the review so I'm writing again.
I loathe Natalie Portman after seeing this. Her acting talent is...well, I doubt if it even exists, to be honest. Her recent appearance in “New York, I love you” was laughable, but this, what she does im “The Other Boleyn Girl” is inexplicable. To take a role of Anne Boleyn, one of the most fascinating woman in the history of the world, the woman that forever changed the history of England, the woman who was the mother of one of the best rulers ever, the woman that was so amazing she was worth risking war with entire catholic world and to portray her in such a pathetic way...Whatever good Portman did in 'Closer' is now gone for me, apparently it was one accidental good performance. That, what she has done here, deserves a rainstorm of Razzies. Her performance is one of the worst things ever, especially because it is so uneven - terrible in the beginning, absolutely horrible during fortunetelling scene and rape (!) scene, shockingly pain-inducing bad during final scenes but quite well when she is flirting with Henry. Portman cannot be called a good actress after something that shameful, I mean my God it was like she had taken the books about Boleyn and used them as toilet instead of reading them.
On the other hand, infinitely more beautiful and talented miss Johansson is fantastic. Now, that's an actress. Mary Boleyn was ordinary and peaceful and Scarlett who doesn't have many opportunities to conquer the audience here , absolutely does so. She is warm, strong and so memorable here. For Johansson to do wonders with such a bland character and for Portman to screw up such an enormous opportunity...If I were director I'd fire Portman in the middle of shooting.
Ironically her terrible acting makes the asinine script plausible - no wonder Henry preferred Mary. The movie's script is almost as bad as Portman - Peter Morgan who wrote wonderful 'The Queen' and fantastic 'Frost Nixon' disappointed me. The dialogues are awful, the story is so stupid, not to mention totally incorrect. The incest attempts never happened, nor did rape scene who is by the way moronic even in the context of the movie.
Bana is quite good as Henry VIII, he was well cast, so were David Morrisey and Jim Sturgess. So what Sturgess, Portman and Johansson look nothing like siblings. About casting - Portman is way too beautiful to play Anne - the perfect Anne Boleyn, the best one ever was Natalie Dormer in the Tudors – she wasn't beautiful but she was interesting – with Portman is the other way around – she is very pretty, but she is so annoying you just want to smack her.
The movie is worth watching because of wonderful cinematography, few well done scenes and to admire Scarlett. or to laugh and cry whilst observing Portman's 'acting'.... (read on) (show less)