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Mar. 7th, 2008

Hm, I love me some good period piece. I grew up on the classics so my nostalgian adoration runs strong, and being a history buff probably didn`t hurt either. In general I tend to forgive some sillyness and implausibility in them. For example I liked both "Last Samurai" and "Troy", problematic as they undoubtedly were (the former apart from other issues romanticized a warrior/noblemen class that tormented the "little" people for centuries and the latter gave a new meaning to "time flies by" since I for one didn`t feel like ten years had passed. :-p), I still enjoyed them on a shallow level.

Also when I like an actor, it makes me more inclined to like the movie they`re in. Not that it always works out but I`m more easily willing to turn a blind eye on things.

Now again I do love period movies, I have a special fondness for the Henry VIII. stories. And I like Natalie Portman, Eric Bana and Scarlett Johansson. So how come someone managed a movie with all these elements that was so mind-numbingly bad I couldn`t believe my eyes? That other Boleyn girl?
Boy, was that a disappointment. The TV trailers actually looked good. Seriously, 40 years ago with a 16th of the budget probably and a 120th of all the technical possibilities from today they would have - and did - better movies than that. What the fuck happened with that movie? Where were consistent character throughlines? Where was a pacing/story that made even half-way sense? What was its message about who Anne Boleyn was?
I`ll go and watch the old Ivanhoe movie or the Court Jester now. Yes, the one with Danny Kaye and just my knowledge about that makes me practically ancient. *g*

Expect more historical AUs to be written in the future to remind myself why I love that genre. :D

Edit: Also saw the extended trailer for 10.000 B.C. Muhahaha. Why not make a Fantasy Epos in another world or unspecified time in the first place? The trailer alone covers the Stone Age, the Bronze Age plus Egyptian high-culture. All in one timeline.

And, fighting a guy who keeps people enslaved by pretending to be a God. Hm, that reminds me of something. Maybe we can have a climate catastrophe and aliens in it as well. At least Emmerich only steals from himself.

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blackpanther07
Mar. 7th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
That is a bummer the movie sucked! I like all three of thoes actors also and was looking foreward to seeing it. =(
astri13
Mar. 8th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Awww, of course it comes with the disclaimer that this was only my impression. Just, I had looked forward to it too which seldom happens nowadays with movies. :/
spinfrog
Apr. 20th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Oh, hi, you wrote this like a month ago, but I just finished moving to another city and am catching up :)

I also like period pieces and all the actors. But I did not go see this one. It just seemed so... the opposite of feminist, you know? and OK, women at those times had nothing unless they had a man, and so competed for men's attention, way more than nowdays. But do we really need a movie about THAT? Ugh.

astri13
Apr. 20th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, hi, you wrote this like a month ago, but I just finished moving to another city and am catching up :)

Ah, hee. I hope the move went well?

I also like period pieces and all the actors. But I did not go see this one. It just seemed so... the opposite of feminist, you know?

Normally I`m quite interested in Anne Boleyn as a historical figure, after all she managed to snatch herself a King and get him to break with the Church and start his own just so he could marry her. None too shabby for a mistress. :)

And I didn`t know her sister apparently was the King`s mistress before that so at least that part of it was new to me but the whole movie was just so uneven, especially with Anne. She was just all over the place. And the King was crazy obsessed with her until he married her after which time he basically lost interest. Huh?
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