November 17, 2017 at 4:51 pm #1202413831
One review’s statement of “Dockery is a revelation” is more than enough for me to live in delusion for 9 months, don’t you worry Sasha 🙂November 18, 2017 at 2:39 am #1202414090
Is Dockery a lead or supporting?November 18, 2017 at 5:18 am #1202414135
Is Dockery a lead or supporting?
I had assumed supporting from the trailers but one of the reviews said something about the premiere story not being told from anyone’s point of view but if they had to say someone then it would be Dockery so maybe she’s lead.November 20, 2017 at 10:36 am #1202416012
From Boston Herald:
Dockery is turning into one of the most fascinating actresses on television. She was the heroine on “Downton Abbey,” but her acting choices often made her like a villain. (Her treatment of sister Edith was repugnant.) She easily segued to the complicated antihero of “Good Behavior,” and here she plays a two-time widow with a scorecard of reasons not to trust anyone and desperate and smart enough to know she must trust someone. She’s immensely watchable.November 21, 2017 at 10:31 am #1202416983
Up to 87% on Rotten Tomatoes and 77 on Metacritic.November 21, 2017 at 2:36 pm #1202417283
This review definitely has me intrigued.November 22, 2017 at 10:52 am #1202418574
Whither Dockery on Good Behavior, though? Has it been scrapped by TNT, or will she do double duty on both shows?November 22, 2017 at 11:41 am #1202418619
This is a miniseries.November 22, 2017 at 11:57 am #1202418625
Just watched the first episode. A great if unspectacular start. The opening moments are fantastic and haunting and it’s this that kind of drives the momentum in a fairly slow, albeit well managed, narrative. Daniels (the initial standout), O’Connell and Dockery are all great- all playing their parts an extremely engaging manner that already makes me wait for their scenes above the rest. With that is where my issue lies in that I am yet to be interested in the La Belle side of the story with whatever is going on with McNairy’s Sheriff dragging in particular. I have hope that this will rise to match the main plotline, given how much reviews have highlighted Merritt Wever’s performance and she gets hardly a thing to do in this premiere. My final note is that I wish Fletcher’s son had been better cast as his stilted performance almost taints the moments with Dockery and O’Connell but thankfully the writing saved him for the most part.
B+November 27, 2017 at 1:34 pm #1202422279
Finished this just now. What a great series this turned out to be. The final episode is almost certainly the best episode of television I’ve seen this year (the premiere to Broadchurch Season 3 it’s only real competitor), completely thrilling and concluding the story in the perfect way. The brilliant thing about this show was the pacing, some will criticise earlier episodes as being too slow but really it just allows the story to normalise the lives of all these people so that the finale is all the more devastating.
The ensemble of this show was stunning. Beyond the standouts Wever (marginal MVP), O’Connell, Daniels and Dockery, there are also fantastic performances from the likes of Scoot McNairy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Tess Frazer to name but a few. O’Connell was the perfect lead, from barely speaking in the first episode to becoming the ultimate hero in the final episode. Wever brought a great deal of pathos and depth to a role that could have just been some sassy remarks, while Daniels made my skin crawl in all the best ways. As for Dockery, she didn’t get anywhere near the screentime you’d expect for the supposed female lead, and she definitely should be considered a supporting performance where awards are concerned, but she was still transfixing. After her roles on Downton and Good Behavior were such dialogue heavy characters, the role of Alice allowed her to refine her skills beyond the vocal, proving herself to be one of those actresses who can say as much with a glance than the rest of the cast can with a chunk of text. Oh and her reading of Roy’s letter in Episode 6 is the scene of the series.
To briefly mention the show’s flaws: Samuel Marty as the son Truckee has to be one of the most stilted child performances I’ve seen in years and he should feel very lucky he had Dockery and O’Connell as screen partners. Meanwhile, the show does slightly rely too heavily on flashbacks as a mode of storytelling.
Awards-wise, the main four I mentioned deserve nominations at every major awards ceremony. I could easily see Wever and Daniels as Emmy winners this time next year, the former because such a lovable character and I doubt Dockery will end up going supporting, the latter because he’s basically the definition of a moustache-twirling villain that the Emmys love.
Overall: A-November 29, 2017 at 8:05 am #1202424548
I just finished. I overall liked it and how engrossing it was but wish more was about the women of La Belle, by far the most entertaining part of the story. Dockery was absolutely phenomenal and my MVP but she just beat out Weaver who was also outstanding. I can see Dockery and Daniels getting noms at the globes. Special shoutouts too to the leads O’Connell and Daniels. Both played their characters’ complex morals and weird father son relationship to perfection. And I also really liked Thomas Brodie-Sangster and had no idea he was the little boy from Love Actually til I just looked him up. I’d support Emmy noms for the five I just mentioned.
Highlights of the series for me was Dockery reading the Dear Roy letter (truly astounding, Weaver’s hysterical ordeal with the eccentric German girl and the Chicago detective, and the final shootout.
I thought that Daniels’ “Godless” Monologue was great acting but just too on the nose like he was telling the viewers directly a thesis of the show.November 29, 2017 at 10:39 am #1202424737
Reviews for this ended up at a very decent 90% Rotten Tomatoes and 77 Metacritic.December 5, 2017 at 7:21 pm #1202430495
Just finished it. Should definitely get noms for Series, Directing, Daniels, Dockery but I’m also rooting for noms from Weaver, McNairy, and O’Connell. Great series. Second only to Twin Peaks in the limited race.(If that goes limited)
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