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First 2 Episodes,
This review is from: The Pillars of the Earth (DVD)
I can't wait till the entire piece is available because based on the first 2 episodes I was able to watch on instant streaming, it is a PHENOMINAL interpretation of the original book...one of my all time favorites. The characters are portrayed honestly and without the distraction of big name stars. Except of course for Donald Sutherland, who not only is great and recognizable, but blends to whatever character he plays and this role is no exception. The brutality, the vulgarity and the sexuality are all consistent with the historical times so these aspects are not solicitous or titillating. They portray a history that was brute force, political and survivalist in nature. It is a wonderful adaptation of a truly incredible book!
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Initial post: Aug 1, 2010 4:03:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 1, 2010 4:07:14 PM PDT
Karen G. says:
I agree with you on all but ONE part, Ian McShane might disagree about no 'big names' LOL.
And Rufus Sewell!! Loved him in Eleventh Hour..
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2010 8:29:43 PM PDT
Jorge C. Castilla C says:
It all depends who makes the point. I am very fond of British actors and I found the cast amazingly flashy, since all of them are BIG. Maybe not commercial, but BIG and very recognizable. McFadyen became very well known since his portrayal of Mr Darcy in Joe Wright's version of Pride&Prejudice. Hayley Atwell was unforgettable in The Duchess and she's been seen in many BBC productions. Sewell has a huge career, Eddie Redmayne has appeared in a few commercial hits and he just won the Tony Award for his outstanding performance in Red on Broadway... well... I will shut up, it is GREAT cast and a GORGEOUS adaptation. Thank God Follett was involved in the project :)
Posted on Sep 4, 2010 6:21:07 AM PDT
If you've seen Deadwood, Ian McShane IS a big name!!
Posted on Sep 6, 2010 9:09:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 6, 2010 9:10:12 AM PDT
Sylvie V says:
I bought the book after I found out my favourite actor (Matthew Macfadyen) was going to be Prior Philip in the mini-series. I just finished watching the whole mini-series and I loved it, eventhough many "events" had to be "re-arranged" to fit the 8-hour TV format. Great casting, great action! For those of you who read the book first - as I did - you will have to forget about it in order to fully appreciate the mini-series. Then, just sit back and enjoy!!!
Posted on Oct 16, 2010 8:39:23 AM PDT
Axton Blessendon, Jr. says:
you mean "phenomenal"
Posted on Nov 2, 2010 10:39:56 PM PDT
K. Corn says:
Your review has gotten me to purchase this. I am interested to see how they've put in the vital details of the book into a movie. I have realistic expectations and can't imagine that they could include everything. But my mother loved the book and I hope she'll find the movie very interesting as well. I look forward to watching it with her.
Posted on Apr 4, 2011 3:05:43 PM PDT
B. J. Kuykendall says:
After the first two episodes, I too was forgiving of the departures from the book, but as the series progressed and it drifted farther and farther afield, my forgiveness finally ran out. While I agree with your account above, I can't help but wonder if you still felt the same after Episode 9 ended.
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