I don't think Dad'll rent any more movies when he comes to my place and my hubby--Well luckily having a son has stopped most of our efforts at getting to the movie theaters, so he'll just adjust (out of sheer desperation) and probably not allow me to read a book again before seeing a movie.
In the end I felt bad for Philippa Gregory (the author) the most, but I felt bad for almost everyone involved in this severely truncated and malformed beast of a movie. Thank God the costumes were marvelous and the acting was sound (not great, but--yep, "sound" is the best I can truly give them). But there were so many scenes Hollywood could have used from the book that would have created a far more powerful piece of cinema--They missed so many blatant opportunities I wanted to see the screenwriter's head on the block, not Anne's.
Anyhow, so that I don't spoil the multitude of surprises you'll encounter in the movie (because, if you did read the book, you WILL be surprised--maybe even a bit horrified), I'll end this post here and simply suggest that you see the movie, then do your best to forget it and READ THE BOOK. But for Heaven's sake, do it in that order (the forgetting will come naturally as a defense mechanism for some, luckily). Man, they could have done SO much better... VERY disappointing as movies go.
Hope you're reading...