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January 24, 2021 at 3:35 am #1203998521
Episode 2 was dynamite. Lydia West and Olly Alexander were fire and the direction made the episode so tense yet cheery, over the top and escapist too.
MVP: Lydia West
It might be because I hated her character, but I actively disliked West in Years and Years. I’m looking forward to seeing her here because I’ve heard she’s great.
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Best International Feature: Instinct (The Netherlands)
Best Actress: Carice van Houten (Instinct)January 24, 2021 at 10:58 am #1203999051
Am I the only person who found this disappointing and underwhelming in every way? I know I’m not amongst general viewers as friends have been similarly disappointed. It’s contrived, inaccurate, poorly written. I won’t watch past episode two.January 24, 2021 at 7:16 pm #1203999737
Wow! I am lost for words. Just when you think everything is going so well this show automatically gives a gut punch. Like the carpet has been pulled from underneath you. And every time you watch the next instalment you find it hard to believe that it can improve upon the previous one. I might not watch the fourth one until later in the week after this rollercoaster instalment. How does Russell T. Davies do it? The actors were even better than they were in the previous episode that it’s virtually impossible for me to pick an MVP.
I don’t intend to overhype this show for anyone who hasn’t seen it but I think this episode may be challenging Ego Death from I May Destroy You as my favourite episode of the Emmy season.
FYC OSCARS : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN IN ALL CATEGORIES (ESP. ACTRESS – Carey Mulligan AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — EMERALD FENNELL), VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", ESSIE DAVIS FOR "BABYTEETH"January 24, 2021 at 8:59 pm #1203999918
Coming to HBO MAX February 18thJanuary 25, 2021 at 8:05 am #1204000406
Absolutely loved this series, Lydia West was the MVP for me overall.
It’s so annoying having to wait over a year for the BAFTA TV nominations to be announced. Hopefully this is one of the leading contenders!January 26, 2021 at 7:40 am #1204002370
Deadline reported that it has good ratings. I’m so eager to watch.January 26, 2021 at 10:52 am #1204003109
This moment was everything.
FYC OSCARS : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN IN ALL CATEGORIES (ESP. ACTRESS – Carey Mulligan AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — EMERALD FENNELL), VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", ESSIE DAVIS FOR "BABYTEETH"January 27, 2021 at 11:42 am #1204005217
SPOILERS FOR EPISODE 5
Lol this edit with Gaga got me.
FYC OSCARS : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN IN ALL CATEGORIES (ESP. ACTRESS – Carey Mulligan AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — EMERALD FENNELL), VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", ESSIE DAVIS FOR "BABYTEETH"January 27, 2021 at 2:17 pm #1204005525
Keeley Hawes gives the performance of a lifetime.January 29, 2021 at 3:57 am #1204008151
*****Mild Spoilers for It’s a Sin*****
Keeley was absolutely divine in those last two episodes (especially the finale). God the way my heart was racing during the finale. Perhaps one of the finest performances of her career. I hope she ends up winning her overdue BAFTA with it.
What I like about Russell T. Davies dramas is how instead of focusing solely on the melodramatic and dark elements of his character’s trauma he instead takes full use of the limited series format and shows the humanity of his characters by focusing on their everyday lives. The AIDs epidemic is in the backdrop of this show and it’s not really an AIDs drama. The disease (whilst a significant aspect of the show) isn’t the dominating aspect. It’s a show about exploring your sexuality, loss and grief and also a show that happens to at times be a coming of age one. It’s oddly poignant in setting and escapist in tone. It’s both a drama and a comedy. I have seen various dramas chronicling the AIDs epidemic and due to the delicacy of the writing and the richness of the source material I have been quite impressed by a lot of them. However I am inclined to say that this perhaps knocks it out of the park due to its tonal originality.
Performance wise I would nominate (in my personal awards) Olly Alexander, Keeley Hawes, Neil Patrick Harris, Callum Howells and Lydia West. For me this is the finest performance of both Hawes and Harris’ careers. I had no idea Harris was such a talented actor when it came to prestige drama! It’s very difficult for me to choose an MVP because I had a different MVP for every episode! I think I’ll have to go for Hawes and West as my MVP. That final scene between the two really struck me. You both pity and hate Valerie. You emotionally sympathise with Jill at that point in a way you don’t in the rest of the show. That’s not to mention how nuanced both Hawes and West’s performances were nuanced the whole way through. I was quite perplexed by how little Hawes had to do in the beginning of the show but looking back you realise how she was laying the baby steps in her performance.
I was quite taken by Alexander’s performance on the show. I would never have predicted that the lead singer of Years and Years would have such a strong talent when it came to dramatic acting.
Watch and learn Andra Day!Like Hawes, his performance didn’t wow me in the first half (although of course he is in it a lot more than she is) but once episode 3 came along my sympathy came out. When Ritchie is reciting that monologue in the finale with Valerie in the room… Probably one of the strongest pieces of acting I’ve seen this year. His performance also matched the change in tonal beats throughout the show quite well. Also shout out to Omari Douglas and Shaun Dooley! I wouldn’t nominate them but they were both excellent.
I quite enjoyed the music supervision on this one! I liked how there wasn’t much snobbery in some of the choices.
The only weaknesses I really found in this miniseries were Murray Gold’s score and the pacing in some of the episodes. I felt Gold’s score was overshadowed by the music supervision. I barely noticed it until the finale (usually it’s the other way round and his score overshadows the music supervision!) Whilst the show is phenomenally written I did take a few stylistic issues with the pacing. At times some of it felt a bit rough but I think that was probably intentional considering how each episode depicted a loss in some form and RTD probably wanted to throw multiple gut punches.
MVP: Keeley Hawes and Lydia WestJanuary 31, 2021 at 10:38 pm #1204011821
The show is currently the eighth most popular show on Imdb and it hasn’t been released in US yet.February 2, 2021 at 5:47 am #1204013937
All4’s biggest ever drama launch.February 2, 2021 at 7:31 pm #1204015548
Great characters, fine performances, well written, worthy themes, sometimes really heartbreaking stuff. But with only 5 episodes, and about 4 hours in length, it’s just not enough time. The characters and the story needed at least twice that time for the series to truly soar. Also some pacing issues, the changes between comedy and drama could have been better handled. Olly Alexander and Callum Scott Howells are standouts, but Keeley Hawes is MVP for me, even if she only gets to show emotional range at the end. Jill was the best character though.February 4, 2021 at 7:19 am #1204020399
Olly Alexander wasn’t a popstar I was expecting to transition into acting but here for it.
Wasn’t technically he an actor first though? I remember his cameo in Bright Star
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