"Ash" wrote:Its excellent, esp if you know a little background. When I watched it, I knew about Henry VIII and Anne and the split with the Church, so I got most of it. Fantastic acting and production. It does however make More into a matyr - he certainly has a much darker side to him - but still well worth watching.
I agree with you Ash, that one must have some background on Henry VIII and Anne's "special matter" in order to find some depth to the story in the movie. I personally don't think it's a movie for everyone. I believe that if it weren't for the background I have on the Tudors it would have seem boring, cut-off or either find Henry's behavior somewhat stupid or cocky. So I do sympathize with those that might not find the movie to their like.
On another note, I was totally able to appreciate Paul Scofield's acting as Thomas More. And I do think that the movie's title (A Man for all Season's) complemented More's audacity, capacity, and intellectual to stand-up for his beliefs and principles. I do agree that as a human being he must have had a darker side to himself, but then, I think we all do . With all I have read about Thomas More, I'm inclining to see him as an intelligent and astute man as well as a martyr.
BTW--I still can't get rid-off the sickening feeling that Crommwell and Richard Rich made me feel with their despicable ways to bring More to trial. Sorry, these are only my own feelings