I'm not sure if it technically qualifies as a mini-series, but oh well.
Sorry it's taken so long to reply, Hirundo.
It's been a little while since I watched the last episode of that mini-series (and, yes, I do think it counts as one, as that's what it's called on its IMDB page. Plus, I think the way it finished more or less felt like the 'end' with only one or two dangling threads left open for if they do wish to continue it...but I really don't think they should, as it wasn't exactly that exciting).
**a few spoilers below**
You may have mainly watched it for Ben Barnes (can't get enough of him now, can you? ), but I basically only tuned in because I like the actress Jemima Rooper (who you may remember from that subpar supernatural series Hex - which Fassy also starred in before he became known - and that other mini-series, Lost in Austen, among other things). I didn't even know she was going to be in it when I first saw the commercials for it (which didn't really grab me/get me interested), but once I found out she was in it, I was basically, "Damn it, now I guess I probably will watch it." (which is how I imagine it went for you regarding Ben Barnes? ).
Anyway, with the exception of Jemima Rooper's character, I *really* didn't like any of the kids (the son who started out with the bleached blonde hair I disliked the most. He was just supremely annoying, I found, and his personality certainly didn't improve even after he changed his hair to something a little less distracting). The actor playing the oldest son I remembered mostly from a guest starring role he had in Season 2 of Poldark, but I'd seen him in other stuff too. He was irritating as well. Jemima Rooper's character seemed to be the only halfway decent one who supported her mother. Their father, though, was probably the WORST. I was very happy to see what happened with him in the last episode, though he deserved even worse.
Since (most of) them were so horrible, I was actually on the side of Ben Barnes' character and wanted him to 'win' in the end. I'm glad he did basically. Though I was expecting an end shot with him grinning and us wondering if that meant he was just happy or that he'd gotten away with what they'd accused him of (and what the show's title was).
Anyway, like you said, it was alright. But I don't know whether I'd be interested in another 'season' if it did in fact get one.
Post by Lebowskidoo🍿😷💉 on Apr 18, 2020 12:47:42 GMT
Does Twin Peaks (2017) count as a TV mini-series, or is it considered season three of the original series, or is it just an 18-hour movie? Either way, finished it yesterday. It was the greatest thing my eyes have ever gazed upon, well, recently, anyway.
Before that I watched The Outsider (2020) week-to-week on TV.
Next up, possibly Mrs. America (2020), although I haven't started it yet. The cast is the lure there.
Post by Chalice_Of_Evil on May 2, 2021 9:59:30 GMT
The two-part TV mini-series Wuthering Heights (starring Tom Hardy and Charlotte Reilly) on DVD.
I'd originally watched this when it first aired on TV here (which was ages ago). I have a vague memory of it being something we had to read at school, though I'd pretty much forgotten all of it, so watching the mini-series was like being introduced to the story for the first time. For me, this mini-series was the only adaptation of the story that I knew, as I hadn't seen any of the other versions...that was until I watched the 2011 version starring Kaya Scodelario a couple of years ago. I didn't think much of that version, so I checked out whether the mini-series was available on DVD here and was surprised to find that it was. Naturally, I bought it because I wanted to see this version again after so long. There was very little I remembered from it, so it was like watching it for the first time. For instance, I hadn't recalled that so much of the beginning was spent on the 'younger generation', with Cathy, Heathcliff's and Hindley's (separate) offspring. I thought Rebecca Night did a decent job playing Catherine, though her character seemed a bit 'flighty' at times. Neither of the young men who played Heathcliff's and Hindley's sons left much of an impression. One just seemed like a young version of Heathcliff (only far less intense) and the other...well...just seemed to be taking a long time to die. Tom Hardy, however, made a heck of impression right from his very first scene. He does intense extremely well. Of course, his character wasn't very likeable...but that was to be expected.
For me, the mini-series didn't really get going until after the flashback to Cathy first meeting Heathcliff when they were young and then the jump forward to them as adults. I thought Charlotte Riley did a really good job of playing the different facets of the Cathy character. She was many things, and while I found her likeable enough most of the time, some of the time she was less so - which was kind of the opposite to Hardy's Heathcliff, who was hard to like a lot of the time, but sometimes he could show that there was a decent person inside him. I thought both Riley and Hardy had believable chemistry as their characters (it makes sense that the two of them got together in real life). One 'negative' though was their characters got to spend so little time actually being happy together before things all went to hell. I also wasn't fond of them spying on Edgar dancing and laughing at him and then when they were chased away by his dog, Cathy got her leg chewed on and Heathcliff...bashed its head in with a rock. I am not fond of animal death under any circumstances and wish that could've been left out, though obviously she needed to be rested up at Edgar's house so she could start having 'feelings' for him or whatever.
Speaking of Edgar, it was amusing seeing Andrew Lincoln in this again after I'd got used to seeing his gruff, hardened self as Rick Grimes in TWD (though I only watched three seasons of that show). Can't say I was overly fond of his character, but that was because he just seemed a bit 'boring' when compared with Heathcliff (and I usually hate how the 'bad boy' is almost always presented as the more 'interesting' when compared to the 'nice guy' or whatever the typical trope is when you have these two 'types' of characters vying for the affection of a female character in shows/movies/books/etc). I think there were decent aspects to Edgar's character, and I could understand his animosity towards Heathcliff given the way he'd acted around him, but somehow I still ended up kind of liking Heathcliff more - and I think that was all down to Tom Hardy's performance. He had this way of playing someone rather unlikeable yet still making me feel for his character at times. One example of this was towards the end of the mini-series, where he saw Cathy's ghost and was led into the room before he killed himself. I thought the music helped me feel sympathy for him in that scene too. It was just something about seeing this brutish guy in such a vulnerable state, and being reunited with his love, that I thought made for a really good emotional scene. I liked the shot of their two spirits gazing out of the window at the very end, as it was quite haunting.
I recognised several other actors/actresses in this besides Hardy, Riley and Lincoln. I knew Sarah Lancashire from the TV series The Paradise (as well as other things I'd seen her in), Kevin McNally from the PotC movies and, of course, Burn Gorman - who is one of those actors it feels like I've seen in a LOT of stuff. Lancashire's Nelly was a decent enough character (though I questioned some of the stuff she did - or didn't do - as well as some of the things she said at times), as was McNally's Earnshaw (I felt for Heathcliff when he lost one of the only two people in his life who treated him decently). Gorman's Hindley, however, was loathsome from start to finish. I kind of appreciated that they didn't suddenly have him 'soften' towards Heathcliff. His animosity towards him stayed right to the bitter end. Gorman plays unlikeable guys very well. I had so many conflicting feelings when Heathcliff was taking enjoyment from Hindley losing his wife, as she was the only person who loved him. On the one hand, it was a pretty mean thing to feel happiness at a woman who seemed decent enough dying, but on the other hand, I could totally understand Heathcliff taking whatever pleasure he could get from the suffering of someone who made him suffer all his life. It was sick and twisted...but it made sense to me. It was also quite gratifying to watch Hindley reduced to such a miserable person while Heathcliff found success and rubbed it in his face.
I felt sorry for Isabella, Edgar's sister, who seemed to be treated horribly by pretty much everyone including Heathcliff and Cathy. I can't say I was familiar with the actress who played her (Rosalind Halstead), but after looking through her IMDB page, it appears I have seen her in some other stuff. I had absolutely no memory of her character from when I originally watched the mini-series, so for me it was like discovering a character I'd never known of before. She seemed to have it pretty rough, but she wasn't without her own faults. I do kind of appreciate the fact this story has a lot of characters who it is hard to 'like'. Everyone seemed unlikeable at one point or another. I also appreciated the look of the mini-series. It certainly had 'atmosphere' to it and made the most of the setting/where the story took place. I'm glad I got to watch this again after so long. It's probably not something I'll revisit again for quite some time, but I'm thankful that I now have it available to rewatch whenever I next need to refresh my memory of the story.