Our book club selection for the month is "The Other Boleyn Girl," which is essentially a novel based on the story of Henry IV and Anne Boleyn (and her adulterous sister, and flamboyant brother). Despite the fact that I found few redeeming characteristics in any of the characters, I really enjoyed the book. I can't wait to hear every one's insights this week at book club. Anyone who needs information on where to go and how to get there on Thursday shoot me an email.
Anyway, I went to see the movie based on the book (and when I say based... I mean that the character's names were the same...and I think that it was based in the same time period) to see how Hollywood interpreted the story. I was more than displeased. I am not sure whether I did not like the movie because I had read the book, or if my reading of the book was the thing that kept me in the theater? The acting was just fine, and the costuming was remarkable, but there was literally zero character development.
Don't get me wrong, I understand that translating a 700 page novel into a 2 hour movie is a tough job, but I don't feel like anything that stuck out to me in the book was demonstrated on film.
Sometimes Hollywood just misses it.
With all that being said, it is always fun to see characters that you have come to know through reading portrayed on film, so if you have read the book this movie would be a good rental. Just don't expect too much.
See you at Book Club! I will be the one with the chip on my shoulder...