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No style, no talent, no historical accuracy. Badly done.
on February 26, 2015
Horribly inaccurate from a historical point of view. The costumes ... oh, the costumes. The king and his son were wearing matching turtle necks in one scene!! What the ...?! And Mary herself had a drastically different style in every scene. Knee-length dresses, Spanish-style frills, Tudor-style gowns, Bohemian dresses ... Not a single one of them accurate for this period of history. Help.
The music. Yeah, it drove me crazy. The style of it clashed horrendously with the show. Don't get me wrong, I'm not opposed to more modern music being in period dramas or movies. But whoever chose these songs was way off the mark. Way off. These songs not only DIDN'T add to the show, I think they went so far as to actually TAKE AWAY from the potential drama of some of the scenes. Sad.
People interact with each other in ways that are completely unrealistic for this time period and their statuses. They are informal and bold. Commoners are up in the faces of royalty without any consequence or even the blink of an eye. Princess Mary waits on her own servants and takes lip from them constantly ... really??! It just doesn't happen that way. I mean, if you're going to be inaccurate about style and music, that's at least a surface thing. But why tell the story AT ALL if you're going to modernize it until it's utterly unrecognizable??
And then there's the acting. I could have forgiven a lot if the acting had been pulled off well. Unfortunately, it was not. At all. With the exception of a very small handful of actors (most of them older), the other actors were complete amateurs. I will say, though, that I think more than a little of the blame must lie at the door of the screenwriters. I couldn't help myself laughing a bit derisively at many of the lines - corny, over-obvious, tedious info-dumping. Yikes. Not ok! We're not kids who need to be led by the hand through the over-evident and over-simplified things happening in front of us.
I had high hopes for this show. I love historical dramas when they're done right. But this one most definitely was not. I usually don't write reviews of shows, at least not reviews of this length ... However, I felt people needed fair warning on this one! I wasted some brain cells watching it.