I just finished watching The Other Boleyn Girl. I loved the book and as a lot of you know books do not translated well into movies. And having Natalie Portman play Anne Boleyn; I felt she would not do justice to the role. I have to say that I was presently surprised.
Maybe enough time has passed between book and movie that I could see the movie differently. They did leave a lot out, but they had to make everything fit into a two hour movie. I wished that they did include the friendship and then romance of Mary and William Stafford. As well as the death of her husband. Some of the scenes that were cut should have been included so that the audience could get a better picture of the events.
Natalie Portman performance surprised me. She played a better Anne Boleyn then I thought she could. She was able to portray Anne as calculating and vulnerable. I was able to see her as Anne Boleyn.
Was the book better? Yes the book was better than the movie. I believe the book gave you a better understanding of the relationship between Anne and Mary and the events leading up to the execution of Anne. As well as the personal life of Mary.
I am glad I watched the movie. I would recommend it but watch it with a open mind and do not compare it to the book. If you think of it as an original screen play and you might enjoy it, like I did.