Friday, 16 November 2007

The Other Boleyn Girl

The original BBC TV production of Philippa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl was shot on miniDV with bare sets, few props, and even fewer extras, almost Dogma-style, with Jared Harris as Henry VIII. I loved it for its minimalistic approach and for attempting to do something different with period. From its trailer, however, the Peter Morgan-scripted/Justin Chadwick-directed film version looks to have opted for a more traditional — ie. big bucks — tactic: lots of extras, much pomp and ceremony, lush visuals, implied worthiness. Oh well. Still, it's got Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson together at last, I suppose. Plus Eric Bana.


Schmid4Brains said...

what do you think of bana?

Mark Salisbury said...

Loved him in Chopper and Black Hawk Down. I even like The Hulk. But since then I don't think he's been best served by the films he's been in, and I'm including Munich here, which I think is a terrific movie.