November 8, 2004

Henry VIII

Highlights of Masterpiece Theater's Henry VIII:
• Lots of frenzied, galloping, "Got an urgent message, dammit!" horseback footage, and a "Ren-fair"-worthy jousting scene
• Helena Bonham Carter as Anne Boleyn shows that despite "Fight Club," she's not abandoned roles that require a corset
• Close-up shots of Henry Tudor's "Liberace-style" rings as he heaves lovelorn sighs over Anne "I'm a Rules Girl" Boleyn
• Henry frets about going to hell for splitting with the pope; guess those countless affairs and sending subseqent wives to the chopping block are holy misdemeanors?
• Vexed by an itchy hair shirt and a good-for-nothing hubby, Catherine of Aragon gives Anne Boleyn the stink-eye and a few choice words.
• Hank and Annie B. celebrate their marriage by cutting a rug in a scene reminiscent of Captain Von Trapp and Fraulein Maria, followed by a royal roll in the hay.
• Oliver Cromwell appears in desperate need of a visit to Supercuts
• Henry blubbers at the birth of Elizabeth, future kick-ass monarch
• Anne pays the executioner and goes proudly to her death in a true "cover your eyes" gross-out-but-gripping moment.

...Four more wives to go in Part II, airing Sunday, Nov. 14.

Frivolous Bits...

I've also heard the 1971 "MT" miniseries, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, is phenomenal if you ever have nine hours to kill. -- Amy

3 comments:

  1. What'd you both think of Henry VIII, part 1? Henry seemed a bit Tony Soprano to me--all burly and kind of gross and compelling at the same time. Helena Bonham Carter, as usual, looked like she needed to shower. It moved a bit too fast for me. And what was up with that corny swimming scene? Still, I did enjoy it, especially Henry's agonized screeching over Elizabeth's birth. It seemed reminiscent of Marisa shoving the furniture into the pool on the OC season premiere.

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  2. Totally agree, Meg, he was Sopranos-esque..did you ever see "Sexy Beast?" He was in that, too, and was equally nasty.

    Also couldn't agree more with your comparison to Marisa's shreik. That was such an odd OC moment. I'm glad she's on the show just because she is one hell of a laugh-out-loud crappy actress.-amy

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  3. Totally agree, Meg, he was Sopranos-esque..did you ever see "Sexy Beast?" He was in that, too, and was equally nasty. That swimming scene was so unnecessary and disjointed....and stupid.

    Also couldn't agree more with your comparison to Marisa's shreik. That was such an odd OC moment. I'm glad she's on the show just because she is one hell of a laugh-out-loud crappy actress.-amy

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