That was an excellent one.
It's a movie as timely as it is provocative and amazingly, for much of its running time, it is weirdly funny.
It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.
All of these films share one commonality, that being a kind of emotional center that humanizes a cast of monsters.
Let me start off by saying that I respect others' opinions, and acknowledge that reviews are truly a matter of personal preference; opinion. I would also like to note that I am reviewing this series purely on its value to me as entertainment, and NOT its historical accuracy!I ran across The Tudors on Netflix a couple of years ago. I like "period" dramas and I love almost anything to do with the history of England. I watched the first episode and wasn't all that intrigued. After all, there is a sex scene just minutes in. I don't have a problem with this, but it seemed like it would be a sex series at first glance. But, by the end of the 2nd episode, I was hooked.I've seen a few reviewers mention bad acting, bad timing (flow of the story), etc.. I won't even delve into the historical inaccuracies argument since I didn't watch this series hoping to "learn" English history. Personally, I found the acting to be fairly well done.(Following are spoilers). Although I found the acting well done, there were moments here and there where I questioned the director's decisions. As an example, when London is celebrating and Anne is watching she says, "...and it's all for MEEE!!!" -was very overdone. I know the scene is supposed to be nauseating but it just felt odd. At times watching The Tudors, I found myself judging a scene that could have been left out, or at the very least, changed. There were a lot of missed opportunities on both writers and director's parts in its creation. With that said, I just can't nitpick The Tudors. It is difficult for me to find something I dislike about the series other than minor preferences; small things I might have done differently had I been a writer or director.I rated this series a 9 out of 10 stars for only one reason: it should have continued with Edward, Mary, and then Elizabeth's parts in the story after Henry's death. The title of the series was not "The Wives of Henry VIII"... it was "The Tudors". After watching the series finale, I desperately wanted to see more. I ended up watching the entire series several times instead. This could easily have had a long run of 10 seasons or perhaps even more if they were to follow Elizabeth's part in the story. It would have been a perfect series finale, ending it with "The Golden Years". Sadly, we're done after only 4 seasons!Some of the positives I'd like to mention about The Tudors (and more spoilers)... The sound and picture are simply perfect. The music is awesome and sucks you in. I want to mention one of the most brilliant moments in the series (and again I want to stress SPOILERS here): After the death of Queen Jane, the episode ends with the camera panning up and over Henry with Jane's body in the cathedral, and the theme music builds up with a heart-wrenching mix of instruments. It is one of the most powerful scenes I have witnessed in television. Her sad death together with that music PULLS the tears out of you. Absolutely BRILLIANT. And without going too far with spoilers here, the series finale ending was very similar in that respect.I must say, what a brilliant and fun series to watch. I enjoy reliving The Tudors, still to this day binge- watching it. I have yet to find a comparable series to replace it. One series comes close, Reign (focuses on Mary, Queen of Scots). But that one felt more like a series for little girls yet with rated R scenes. I've just had no luck finding anything to match The Tudors. Do yourself a favor, watch the first 2 episodes. And remember that reviews are a person's personal opinion, as this review is mine.
OK, so I'm not going to put up a synopsis as I don't see the point, plenty of others have. I have MAJOR issues with some aspects of this production.1) Music 1.1 the title music with modern drum kit, why? 1.2 the violin used is wrong as is the bow, the bow picture in this did not evolve to the shape shown for another 300 years 1.3 Henry VIII was a very keen musician, yet no mention here2) Historical facts, most of them are completely wrong, or twisted or misrepresented, even outright wrong. Please, read your history books if you don't believe me.3) Actors: like most of them except the goose who plays Henry VIII: not a ginger, not of large stature, no huge manhood, why?Apart from these minor issues, love it, very much. Especially the costumes, thought I'm no expert but those "in the know" say they are not quite accurate.
Not sure what goes on in this show as the story isn't interesting enough to follow. The editing is appalling and half of the scenes have no importance whatsoever.The casting is OK. The king should have been someone who looks less like Joaquin Phoenix, and it's hard to see what the big deal is about Anne. She doesn't look like someone a king would risk much for, but much more like a cheap one-use whore, though maybe that's the whole point? I'm not a king so maybe I'm wrong.The sex scenes are the only attraction in this show.And this line is here because there's a requirement for 10 lines, which is a ridiculous idea. More is not the same as better.
I've noticed that some of the reviewers have criticized "The Tudors" for historical inaccuracies
all I can say is that to expect filmmakers to honestly and accurately give a historical account of a story is like expecting a defense attorney to make an accurate accounting of the facts for his suspected client.I don't know much about the historical truths behind "The Tudors" so I just sat back and enjoyed the 4 seasons, which covers which I guess to be about the final 25 years of Henry's reign as King. This series would either soar or sink on Jonathan Rhys Meyers portrayal of Henry as the cruel, gluttonous, self-indulgent and perpetually horny King. We get to meet all 6 of his wives, plus a seemingly endless entourage of mistresses, as Henry has his problems separating love from lust. The most interesting of his lovers is Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn, the sexy and ambitious siren who, pushed by her power hungry family, ultimately convinces Henry to break from the Roman Catholic church.Plenty of sex and violence in this one. The various tortures and methods of execution from this period of time are absolutely mind-boggling as some incredibly devious and sick minds could really come up with creative ways to punish and execute human beings. Some very good acting performances
Henry Clavill as Charles Brandon, Henry's loyal friend; James Frain as Thomas Cromwell; Nick Dunning as Thomas Boleyn, Anne's scheming father and Sam Neill as Cardinal Woolsey, among the many fine performers. Many characters and plot lines are introduced over a 4 year 38 episode series, some are a bit inconsequential but all in all this is a solid series. In any case if you find an episode dragging, just hang around-some will be having sex with someone soon enough. Or getting their heads chopped off.