John Adams [Blu-ray]
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John Adams is a sprawling HBO miniseries event that depicts the extraordinary life and times of one of Americas least understood, and most underestimated, founding fathers: the second President of the United States, John Adams. Starring Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man, HBOs American Spendor) in the title role and Laura Linney (You Can Count on Me, Kinsey) as Adams devoted wife Abigail, John Adams chronicles the extraordinary life journey of one of the primary shapers of our independence and government, whose legacy has often been eclipsed by more flamboyant contemporaries like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin. Set against the backdrop of a nations stormy birth, this sweeping miniseries is a moving love story, a gripping narrative, and a fascinating study of human nature. Above all, at a time when the nation is increasingly polarized politically, this story celebrates the shared values of liberty and freedom upon which this country was built.]]>
Who's Who in History: character biographies
David McCullough: Painting with Words: A rare and personal glimpse at the life and works of author David McCullough
The Making of John Adams featurette
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A magnificent film; well acted, costumed, makeup and cultural set to the times. In my personal ancestry are several veterans of the War for Independence from Great Britain. One shoeing horses for General Washington's Continental Army and not less than two with commissions as officers leading Minutemen who were previously Army officers of the Crown as was then Colonel Washington.
The movie stirs emotions lost to many Americans. We must never allow tyranny to infiltrate our system of government and be willing to fight those who would attempt to suppress the our freedom and liberty. Our founding fathers would turn in their graves to see the disregard for our greatest supreme law of the land, The Constitution of the United States of America!
It's actually very good, although the pacing was slow and surprisingly fast at the same time. In one scene John Adams is defending British soldiers after the Boston Masacre and in another he's in Paris interrupting Franklin's bath with a Countess.
Well it's actually not that sporadic, but the series does feel a little disjointed and it's easy to lose track of what's going on. It's like the Directors were trying to cram all his greatest hits in a very short span of time. Hey, It's hard to fit an amazing man's life into 7+ hours of television. Guess I better read that biography after all.
The performances are amazing. I'm blown away by Laura Linney as Abigail -- brilliant, brilliant acting. She does an incredible job of showing both Abigail's strength and determination, but also the stress she takes on in running the farm and family by herself. Ben Franklin is amazing -- nice portrayal that does away with the caricature of the folksy spinner of corny Poor Richard Almanac aphorisms and shows how those aphorisms are canny summations of situations and other people's character.
By the end of each episode I'm practically in tears -- tears of admiration for what the Founders accomplished, tears of pain at the hardships and sacrifices they made, tears of yearning that this country understand, appreciate, and recapture the sense of duty that was the foundation of their work.