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The Tudors – The Complete First Season

Posted by admin | Posted in Movies | Posted on 03-05-2010

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The Tudors presents the rarely dramatized, tumultuous early years of King Henry VIII’s nearly 40 year, omnipotent reign (1509-1547). In addition to his famous female consorts and 20+ year marriage to Catherine of Aragon to the infamous dalliance with Anne Boleyn, the series delves in to Henry’s most notable political relationship and the deconstruction of the Roman Catholic Church in England.Amazon.com
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Yes, there are inaccuracies, as others have pointed out here. This is a dramatization and this is elegant popular entertainment. As an armchair historian, in love with the stories of Henry VIII, I find it absolutely gripping. The acting is for the most part marvelous, and the idea of doing these great personages as compellingly attractive people is a brilliant one. I think there is plenty enough here to draw a person into good books about Henry and the English Reformation. One thing I do like very much is that Anne Boleyn is being presented as the complex woman she obviously was; and Catherine of Aragon has been presented with immense dignity and respect. But the reason I’ve signed on here to recommend this series is that I really think it will encourage serious study on the part of many as to what really went on when Henry broke with the Catholic Church, and when popular entertainment invites us to study, to learn more, as well as giving us delight, well, that is worth something. The portrait of Thomas More is excellent, and the actor playing Anne Boleyn’s father is quite remarkable. Finally, let me confess: there is something delicious about this series, something thrilling. I find myself charmed by it. Of course I wish the Catholic Church was presented with considerablly more understanding on the part of the writers. But in spite of that I continue to watch the second season, as enthralled as I was by the first. And I’ve ordered a whole slew of new books on Henry just because of this series, so I’m proof myself of what I’m suggesting here: this will encourage the serious study of history. — The art direction and the costumes are gorgeous. The lighting is breathtaking. — The sets are glorious. I hope Showtime gives us more of this top notch entertainment.
Rating: 5 / 5

Completely hooked after first episode. JRM, Henry Cavill, and Maria Kennedy give stellar performances. Absolutely love this show but there are a few inaccuracies, such as combining King Henry’s sisters into one, Margaret, whom did not marry Brandon, but sister Mary did and bore his chldren.Henry Fitzroy dying at such a young age when he had a great deal to do with Anne Boleyn’s trial was mind blowing. Do not watch this if you believe you are “learning” about the Tudors, it clearly deviates from the truth, but it is an amazing piece of fiction with a gorgeous cast!!!
Rating: 5 / 5

I just finished watching the entire first season of “The Tudors.” When the show first premiered on Showtime, I watched the pilot episode and never bothered to watch it again. I thought the show was visually appealing, but way too melodramatic and historically inaccurate for my taste. However, I recently read a fascinating book about Henry VIII, and I needed something else to satisfy my Tudor fixation. I watched all the episodes of “The Tudors” On Demand in less than a week, and I really enjoyed them.

In order to appreciate this program, you have to be willing to accept the show for what it is. Yes, the majority of the characters and plots in the show are based on real historical events, but this is a cable television series, and of course things are going to be changed to appeal to a larger commercial audience. As a result, all of the people in King Henry’s court are much more attractive than they probably were in real life, and there are some major alterations to historical timelines. Still, I’m impressed that the producers actually did get so many things right with the show, and overall, it’s very engaging to watch. The pacing is exciting and fast…perhaps a little too fast, in my opinion. For example, Elizabeth “Bessie” Blount gets knocked up with Henry’s illegitimate child in the very first episode, and by the second episode, she’s already giving birth. I wonder how long “The Tudors” can realistically continue to air with such a rushed chain of events.

For the most part, I think the casting of the show is excellent. I’ve never been a big fan of Jonathan Rhys Meyers until now, but his portrayal of Henry VIII is intense, dramatic, and exciting. Sam Neill is brilliant as the two-faced Cardinal Wolsey, and Natalie Dormer is perfect as the bewitching Anne Boleyn. As far as the characterizations of these famous characters goes, I think Henry VIII has been a bit one-sided in Season 1. I’ll be interested to see how Meyers tackles the role when Henry finds himself betrayed by the woman he nearly sacrifices his kingdom for. It would be nice to see a more emotional side of Henry. Also, I think Anne has actually been pretty likable so far…hopefully she’ll become a much darker character in Season 2.

Overall, I enjoyed “The Tudors” much more than I thought I would. It’s entertaining, and people who enjoy learning about this period in history will definitely get a kick out of it. I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of Season 2.
Rating: 4 / 5

When I first heard about Showtime’s series “The Tudors,” I was really looking forward to seeing it. I’ve always had an interest in English history and in particular a fascination with Anne Boleyn. I also understood that this was not a documentary; I expected there to be some straying from the historical record. However, when a series purporting to be based on factual events strays as far from the historical truth as this one does, it becomes not merely laughable but maddening.

Other reviewers have pointed out the inaccuracies regarding Henry’s sisters. He had two, Margaret and Mary. Margaret married the king of Scotland. In “The Tudors,” he has one sister, inexplicably called Margaret. I say inexplicably because her story more closely follows Mary’s life, but with glaring differences. The writers have this Mary marry an entirely different king than the real one did and on top of that they have her kill him. I don’t get it. It’s as if the writers decided that Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and the break with Rome just weren’t interesting enough in and of themselves, so they threw in some murders, duels, and lots and lots of sex. Also, the timelines are just plain screwy. There are events happening concurrently that in reality happened years apart. And what’s ironic is that in an ongoing series like this one, they could have taken the time to show events in the correct order.

I applaud the casting of Sam Neill as Cardinal Wolsey and Jeremy Northam as Sir Thomas More. They are excellent. However, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is badly miscast as Henry VIII. Henry was a tall and imposing figure. Jonathan Rhys Meyers lacks the physical stature to carry the role off. He also seems a bit young to be playing Henry at this stage of his life. I can’t believe they couldn’t find a more physically impressive actor to play Henry.

On the plus side, “The Tudors” is beautifully filmed. It certainly is visually appealing and I can see why some viewers find it enjoyable. I just hope they don’t kid themselves that they are learning much about English history. I wish the producers would have given a fictional name to this series rather than tying it in to the Tudors, because history this isn’t.

Rating: 2 / 5

If you haven’t seen this series in HD, you’re missing out. It is the only reason I made it through the entire first season. There is a scene (can’t remember the episode) where Catherine of Aragon is sitting outside under some trees. I was absolutely hypnotized by the picture quality. It felt like I could’ve reached out and plucked a leaf.

While I completely enjoyed the HD experience, I can’t say the same for the rest of it. As other reviewers have pointed out, it’s just not written very well. I understand dramatic license, and I understand that Showtime can skew a bit raunchier than HBO, but having said that I don’t understand why they dumbed down a very good (real life) story, and threw in a bunch of gratuitous and not very convincing sex scenes. I felt embarrassed for the actors, especially JRM.

The costumes were beautiful (totally wrong time period). The scenery was excellent. There were no stand out performances for me. I really like Sam Neill, but he wasn’t given enough to do. The most glaring departure from the true story, the one that added NOTHING to the series, was the Margaret Tudor storyline. Another reviewer’s already pointed out where it all went wrong, so I’ll leave it alone. But really, she kills her sick old husband, then she dies of consumption. And in between we’re given no reason to care about poor old Margaret.

Maybe the writers were trying to go for a Sopranos thing, where the characters are reprehensible, but we still care about some of them. They didn’t pull it off here. There wasn’t one character I cared about. Even Catherine of Aragon, maybe the most sympathetic person of the whole tale, came across as a whiny, desperate has-been.

Overall, I gave the series 2 stars, strictly for the film quality. It really is stunning. For the rest I give it zero. The writers could have produced something intelligent AND sexy, but they took the cheap and dirty way out.
Rating: 2 / 5

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