This two-part film for television about Henry VIII and his six wives is very good. It may not be historically accurate but if it were it would be a much longer film. In the interests of entertainment the story is told in a condensed way but also it does stick to the main points of the historical facts.
Ray Winstone has been criticised for his London accent and his "gangster" style of aggression in his performance. But since no one knows how exactly how Henry VIII sounded except for "a" London accent what does it matter? I think his performance is excellent. His performance changes throughout the piece. We see him aggressive but we also see him as caring and romantic. Also compared to other actors who have played Henry VIII he is more convincing. Unlike the TV series "The Tudors" we see Ray as Henry go from being young and fairly slim to being old, big, fat and ill. The transformation of his appearance and his behaviour through the acting is very good.
There is good attention to detail with costumes and props and the story moves at a good pace. Generally this is an entertaining three hours of TV history.
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