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January 17, 2020 at 8:35 pm #1203290149
I have read the book and this looks good. Excited!April 22, 2020 at 1:10 pm #1203441430
I am so, so excited for this show. This book, and Sally Rooney’s other novel, deeply affected me. So happy to see reviews are so positive!
It seems like their performances are really be applauded. Maybe more of a Globes than Emmy situation.April 22, 2020 at 2:04 pm #1203441611
Sorry, folks, I have let you down. It has taken me so long to get through this show that I am still not done and the embargo has dropped. The last time that this happened was Devs and the next time will probably be The Eddy. I meant to finish it a week ago, but have only seen eight of the twelve episodes. I was excited about this show after being drawn in by the Like Crazy vibes of the trailer and the show is actually not bad, as you can gather from the reviews, but I do not know why they thought that this content was enough to spread out over six hours instead of two in a movie. If you like soft-core porn and full-frontal nudity from teenage male and female characters, this might be the show for you. The sex really extends the run time and becomes redundant. There are flashes of greatness here with the romance and it could all come together for a satisfying finale, but it has not kept my engagement.April 26, 2020 at 1:53 am #1203448186
There is definitely an awful lot of padding in each half an hour episode, and the series would have worked with half the episodes. But the two leads are so great, and the chemistry is beautiful to watch on the screen. There is a good reason why the camera never leaves them and it’s because they are brilliant. Therefore the quality of the TVshow is so good, I don’t mind it taking its time and telling the story how the creators want toApril 26, 2020 at 12:55 pm #1203448763
I finished this a few days ago, but have not commented because my opinion did not change. The episodes did get shorter toward the end, but the miniseries does not have an ending, as I had been warned by my sister who has read the book. The relationship finishes the show in one place, but the show depicts them over so many years with so many ups and downs that I have no reason to believe that where they end up is final or even heading in that direction, so it came across as arbitrary and not quite satisfying. That also gets at my problem with the show. The characters do grow, but I got tired of watching them go in circles. The leads get some big showcases toward the end though.April 26, 2020 at 2:15 pm #1203448837
I’m enjoying this a lot. As someone who has read and loved the book, they couldn’t have been more faithful. It’s beautifully shot, directed and acted, and shows like this one is a rarity, which is sad, but I understand it will never be everyone’s cup of tea.April 26, 2020 at 3:10 pm #1203448898
I can’t stress this enough but they could NOT have picked better actors to portray Connell and Marianne. Kudos to Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones. Both of them have captured the most minute of their character’s nuances and subtleties to a tee. Their chemistry is undoubtedly the strongest asset of the show and it’s something that honestly needs to be watched for yourself than read about.
The cinematography is superb, love Abrahamson’s direction and the writing has so far been great at adapting the more complicated aspects of the book. Flawless all around.April 26, 2020 at 4:43 pm #1203448990
I can’t stress this enough but they could NOT have picked better actors to portray Connell and Marianne. Kudos to Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones. Both of them have captured the most minute of their character’s nuances and subtleties to a tee. Their chemistry is undoubtedly the strongest asset of the show and it’s something that honestly needs to be watched for yourself than read about. The cinematography is superb, love Abrahamson’s direction and the writing has so far been great at adapting the more complicated aspects of the book. Flawless all around.
You’re so spoilt by their chemistry that you keep longing for them to have scenes together because no other scenes feel the sameApril 27, 2020 at 4:20 am #1203449570
It is true that the show kind of lost its way, and should have ended in a more interesting way, it just felt underwhelming like every scene where the central two weren’t sharing the scenes togetherApril 27, 2020 at 8:58 pm #1203450695
That scene at the end of Episode 10 where Connell talks about his feelings was so well done. Paul Mescal was brilliant, I felt everything he saidApril 27, 2020 at 10:37 pm #1203450801
That scene at the end of Episode 10 where Connell talks about his feelings was so well done. Paul Mescal was brilliant, I felt everything he said
That entire episode is absolutely heartbreaking.
I’ll also say the final scene between the two of them is incredible. Absolutely heartbreaking.
I love the entire show. It might not be for everyone, but their chemistry, the atmospheric directing/cinematography, the music, the clothes, the intensity of emotions….basically a perfect show for me.April 28, 2020 at 12:09 am #1203450933
Episode 10 is by far the standout as Stranger Among Us pointed out, but the early episodes where also great because as well as the stunning cinematography Connell’s mother is the only character who can hold her own when she is on-screen with either of the two young loversApril 28, 2020 at 12:28 am #1203450964
I just finished the show, and oh my was it every bit as good as I had hoped it would be and so much more. The book is pretty divisive and I expect the show to be as well, but every aspect of it is perfect, and I don’t say this easily. The direction, cinematography, editing, writing, soundtrack, acting. The last three episodes hit you with a wave of emotions and made me tear up several times and I don’t tear up easily. In a perfect world, this would be in conversation for Emmy noms and potentially even a win for Paul Mescal and who is imo pitch perfect as Connell, can’t believe this is his first gig. Lenny Abraham also deserves strong praise for his direction here, Hattie MacDonald beautifully takes over from him, but he sets the tone and pace wonderfully. It’s only April, but I doubt anything else will top this as my favorite show of the year.
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