A Man for All ÂSeasons (1966) "This tasteful period piece about the power struggle between Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More is the cure for what ails you. That is, if you suffer from insomnia. And for a movie about Henry VIII, there's not nearly enough drumstick eating. We'd much rather watch Liz Taylor screaming and swearing at Richard Burton in 1966's also-ran, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Hmm. 1966 was a pretty lousy year, and the noms were these two, "The Russians Are Coming", "Alfie" and "The Sand Pebbles". Both AMFAS and HAOVW were adaptations of plays, and both were rather stagebound. Just because HAOVW's subject matter was somewhat more modern doesn't mean it was more interesting--I'm not sure either of these films worked. They do contain some good performances--Robert Shaw is probably the best realization of Henry VIII ever on film (cliche-free!), and Burton is good in HAOVW, while Taylor treats us to the first instance of embarrassing reality television. Paul Schofield, who won an Oscar for it, is a charisma-free black hole, which is probably why the film seems dull to this guy. Though I am no fan at all of Thomas More, and don't think he deserves this film's title, the film has interest to me, maybe because More's moronic stubbornness contributed to the English Reformation, a historical event of great signifigance. Overrated as compared to what?