Last November, I read and reviewed and rated the book by Philippa Gregory. I only assigned it 2 1/2 stars. (Gotta HATE it when I’m not consistent in my ratings…) I think I was bored with the length and ready for it to be DONE and thus rated it so low. Now, my memory and my feelings toward this have improved, with time. I would give it at least 3 stars.
The movie, however, barely earns two. I think it would have been even less if I had NOT read the book. A very ambitious project to keep this to two hours, thus, not enough time to develop the characters and allow the audience to embrace or have any attachment to them. It felt like the scriptwriter had to cram so much in that as a viewer who knew what was to happen, could have checked off the list, “yep, they got that in.” just to move it forward.
The book is better. If you love historical fiction, this is a GOOD read. Watch the movie ONLY to enjoy tearing it apart.
The costumes were lovely…
Was anyone aware of the TV version of this from 2003?! I just found out about it from imdb.com. (Click http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0357392/here for the details.) PLEASE share if you have seen this, and/or seen both!