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B is for Boring?

As of this morning, I've now read posts from three people on my flist who were, er, not so pleased with The Other Boleyn Girl. And for reasons that actually matter to me, i.e. having nothing to do with the historicity or lack thereof (which I've always found completely irrelevant; I have more fun leaving my geekitude at the door, and enjoying other people's sporking online after the fact). No, all three reviews can be pretty much boiled down to four words: It's just no fun.

This makes me sad. I was planning all along for my ticket price to be an investment in a couple hours of gazing at the pretty, with no other expectations, but that was with the unconscious assumption that it would be fun in the standard splashy big-budget pseudohistorical soap opera sort of way. And, well, according to three people whose taste I grok pretty well, not so much.

So now I'm wavering. I still regret not getting to Memoirs of a Geisha on the big screen, let alone the blink-and-I-missed-it crash-and-burn of Elizabeth: The Golden Age. I'm itching for some great big cinematic pretty. Just gotta decide if that's enough on its own.


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Mar. 8th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
This is worry some news.

I too missed Geisha and Elizabeth 2 on the big screen, and am still slightly miffed about it, so I just might go see The Other Boleyn Girl just because I may regret not seeing it on the big screen.
Also, I can't remember the last time I went to see a movie.. which is sad but understandable, with me being away most of the last 12 months..
Mar. 8th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
This is worry some news.

Yeah. Dude, these things are supposed to be FUN!
Mar. 8th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
Between Scarlett Johanson, Natalie Portman and Eric Bana, you would expect some FUN indeed! :-|

And I understand it was a serious and dark time and whatnot, but geeze! They were all young, and pretty, and rich and powerful. Those are perfect ingredients for snark and intrigue, right?

Oh well, I will see one way or another.
If only I could think of someone to go see the movie =with=..

All my friends are science/engineering geeks with not a single artistic bone in their bodies.. plus it doesn't fit the Dutch profile of science/engineering geek to actually =like= artsy stuff.. silly Calvinistic views ;-)
Mar. 8th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
I never seem to get to the movies before they leave. We only have one 12 plex, and one art theater, so they don't last long. I wanted to see this one, but I'm sure I won't get to it :)
Mar. 8th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
I, for one, liked it. The costumes are awesome in it.
Mar. 8th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
I had read bad review too, and I went thinking it might be fun anyway - but that's just it, it really wasn't fun. Oh well.
Mar. 8th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Since I have more movie gift cards than anyone could ever need, I think I'll go and see the movie. I love crappy movies. The worse they are, the better I like them. It's no fun to snark on a film that is good or isn't taking itself seriously. The Other Boleyn Girl looks like a promisingly overblown drama.
Mar. 9th, 2008 11:04 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, a lot of people seem to have been disappointed on precisely that score.

Which doesn't necessarily stop the snark. angevin2 made a valiant and largely successful attempt before concluding that she just didn't have enough hilarious to work with.
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