I’m referring to the film I saw recently titled The Other Boleyn Girl. The Media has recently had a fascination with the politics revolving around the Tudor period. Phillipa Gregory brought out a novel called The Other Boleyn Girl, this movie is subsequently based on the book. I’ll first start off slow about what the film was like, and build to my eye-catching title.
The Two Boleyn Girls Mary and Anne are fighting for the Kings attention. The title is focused on Mary, since this is the woman that seduced the king and didn’t lose anything – and went on to live a normal life and die a natural death. Maybe because she wasn’t killed she was ‘forgotten’ by history. So this movie centers around her and her relationship with her sister and the King.
These two women are trying to bed the King, not because they choose to, but rather because they are under a large amount of pressure. This comes from their Sir Thomas Boleyn (the girls’ father) and the Duke of Norfolk (their Uncle). The Duke most probably applies the strongest pressure. Anne is the first daughter in the family to be ordered to try and seduce the King. Paradoxically Mary is the first (not because she is married) being the one who nurses the injuries of the King after a hunt.
King Henry VIII loses interest in Mary once she bears a child, and moves his attention on to Anne. Anne has since been exiled to France and returned a far more mature, as well as out-spoken. Anne is far more manipulative than the previous Boleyn girl, and forces the King to divorce his current wife. This means he divides his loyalty as well as splitting from the traditional Christian church.
All I can say is that the rest follows the same path that history did.
Mary (the blonde seductress)
This character most probably had the most freedom, since there is little known about her in history. All historians have is her name, relation to Anne, and record of her bastard son. Scarlett Johannson plays a reserved character, although one foible that is contrary is her beauty. This was maybe a factor that brought the King to her initially. The film portrays the affair between her and the King being a more romantic and intense experience. It was hard for a woman not to catch the eye of the King (unless she was from a different social class).
Mary is a pure bombshell and stands out in beauty, whereas her sister stands out in personality. Mary is the eldest and feels responsible for the most in the family. She ruins her own marriage, and betrays her sister by catching the eye of the King when Anne was initially instructed to do so. Despite the Father and Uncle giving orders, they regard themselves to be superior to these to girls.
Once she finds out that Anne catches the King’s attention, she now feels responsible for part of it and also bears a bastard son. In a sense she was the most unlucky because she was unable to produce a legitimate heir to the throne. Although she escaped with the most, she was not the political player her sister was. She ‘failed’ everyone but because of her reject she escaped unscathed.
Anne (Miss hard-to-get-married-to)
This woman was almost as famous as her husband was infamous. She produced an heir, spilt the church and miscarried two male children. This woman was seen as the most manipulative in the story. She fell out with the King early on. Her family was ashamed when they learnt she had secretly married a man from the court. Her family exiled her to France. When she returned she heavily seduced the King (although she was determined to marry him) they had a relationship. So in other words she was a sly fox, who made the King desire her so much he split the church and called his relationship with Catherine of Aragon.
King Henry VIII (Attractive?)
This is called the reason Hollywood should be shot. I went onto Wikipedia, and here’s a picture of what King Henry VIII should look like:
First off this guy is fat. He’s a modern-day MacDonald’s junkie. He is also blonde, and has at least a double chin. Now here is the Hollywood version…
Now this guy has clothes that hardly fit on him. Also his chin doesn’t merge with the rest of his body. He also doesn’t look the least bit unattractive (oh and he’s Australian, not as bad as American although close nonetheless).