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Watchable, but too much to cover in two hours,
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This review is from: Henry VIII And His Six Wives [DVD]  (DVD)
Keith Michell was excellent in the title role and aged very well! The costumes and sets are lavish and the film is well made, and the acting is generally good. However, as another reviewer has said, it's nothing like as good as the original BBC series, which also starred Keith Michell, and I also don't understand why this hasn't been brought out on DVD. This film couldn't be as good, because instead of having an hour to devote to each wife, all six have to be covered in two hours, so it goes at a frantic pace, and there is little attention given to the last three wives in particular. Anne of Cleves is largely ignored, and what little is shown portrays her as an ugly, naive and rather stupid stereotypical German 'Frau'. Her character in the original BBC series is explored in much more depth, and while the actress who plays the part (Elvi Hale) is probably more pleasing to the eye than Anne allegedly was, she comes over as an intelligent and highly educated woman who in fact becomes great friends with Henry after their marriage is annulled.
All in all, this film is very watchable but for anyone wanting a more in-depth characterisation of Henry's wives, who were all very different, it doesn't go far enough.