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5.0 out of 5 stars POWERFUL - BEAUTIFUL - TOUCHES THE SOUL, 11 Nov. 2009
This review is from: The Tudors: Complete Season 2 [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Download season 2 off itunes and it'll cost you £14, so this is excellent value and you'll be glad to have the dvds to watch on tv or computer.
Ten episodes all told of sterling drama. Some of the historical accuracy's no doubt been lost to artistic license and gloss, but the characterisation is strong and scripts excellent. So this develops like a spicy historical novel with interesting, fully motivated characters and powerful dramatic moments in each episode. I think you'll be riveted to this as I was and taken aback by in particular the culmination of the series, which I found so very, very impressive. Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn absolutely excels. Through season 1 and most of season 2, our sympathies lie not in the least with Anne Boleyn, and in fact we're glad to see the scheming bitch removed to the Tower prior to her execution. But through the last hours of her life, when we are forced to concede her innocence and acknowledge her as the victim of a stitch-up, then our sympathies switch completely and so much so that I for one was deeply touched by her plight. There is such a tender moment in her final hours when she's kneeling praying in the darkness for her mortal soul while at the same time reminiscing of a carefree childhood, playing hide and seek with her father and brother in a beautiful sun-lit garden. The contrast between her dark prison cell and horrible predicament and the garden of her childhood is so pronounced and heightened by an unforgettably beautiful piece of music, that tears are very likely to well in the eyes. Herein is a masterpiece of direction and such wonderful acting by Natalie Dormer. What was understood by the writer, the actors, and the director was that this was not merely a simple fact of history, i.e that Henry VIII's second wife Anne Boleyn lost her head, but that this event was an enormous atrocity which echoes through the ages and concerned a living breathing woman being used, abused and destroyed by one of the most selfish men in history.
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