I had been holding out hope for The Other Boleyn Girl. I love the cast -- Eric Bana, Natalie Portman, and Scarlett Johansson -- and the idea of letting those three loose on the kind of lushly-costumed melodrama that the Henry VIII saga could provide was a pleasing one. Maybe this could be the kind of guilty pleasure I was hoping to get from Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Then there was that whole PG-13 thing, was was annoying. Because we're watching Eric Bana and Scarlett Johansson breathe heavily for the emotion of it all. Come on, people, we're only human. Give us the goods!
Now, the trailer. I just don't know, you guys. I love Natalie Portman like a little sister, but maybe period drama isn't where it's at for her. She seems out of place, which is disappointing because she's certainly got the juiciest role as Ann Boleyn. But the whole tone seems so...serious. So dreadfully serious. Where's the fun? Where's the camp? It's skanky Ann Boleyn and her busty sister making a play for an unrealistically buffed-up Henry VIII. Why am I seeing so many contemplative glances?
It's only a trailer, of course, and maybe this is really the over-the-top romp I'd like it to be, but...well, take a look: