Reviewer’s grade: B-
An effective but not overly entertaining historical character focus, “The Other Boleyn Girl,” based on the book of the same name, re-examines the motivations of a power-hungry family. King Henry Tudor (Eric Bana) is bored with his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas). When the Duke of Norfolk (David Morrissey) and Sir Thomas Boleyn (Mark Rylance) learn this, they realize they might be able to attract his wandering eye to Boleyn’s daughter Anne (Natalie Portman), so they annul her recent secret marriage and arrange a meeting with the king. Henry doesn’t care for Anne, but loves her sister, Mary (Scarlett Johansson), who is married “ but hey, so is the king.
Dad and the duke are happy when the whole family is rounded up and taken to the castle for the king’s bemusement. Sing along: The king has Mary and flirts with Anne. When Mary finds out, Anne is canned. When Mary can’t birth a boy for the king, little miss Anne is brought back to the scene. See, Anne and Mary are not the same “ they have different ways to play the game. Mary is sweet, kind and sincere, and Anne is naughty and whispers in your ear. But things don’t work so well for Anne Boleyn, whose head finds its way into a bin. PG-13