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    Jeffrey Kare
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    The finale just debuted on Hulu and it’s been a while since this thread has been active. What has everyone here thought of the show?

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    I haven’t seen it yet (was waiting for the whole thing to drop on Hulu), but it’s a real shame that a show with generally good reviews has completely fallen to the wayside outside of its lead actor who is only in the mix because he had a banner year last year. This could have been a major awards favorite and a redemption cycle for Jones, Russell, and Worthington, and it ended up as a prime example for something that shoots good but not good enough.

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    The finale just debuted on Hulu and it’s been a while since this thread has been active. What has everyone here thought of the show?

    Thoroughly enjoyed it! Was nervous it was going to be too much of a slow burn at first but honestly kept me captivated the whole way through. Andrew definitely had me convinced he was a Mormon cop lol. I enjoyed everyone.

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    I have just finished watching the finale. Under the Banner of Heaven explores some very fascinatingly complex subject matter and themes. The whole miniseries wisely takes full advantage of its seven episodes to unravel the whole story. Following quite a year he had in the movies, Andrew Garfield delivers such a strongly enriching performance here. Everyone else in the cast is pretty great too, especially Gil Birmingham and Sam Worthington. Which is interesting about the latter because when he was introduced to the world over a decade ago in big budget films like Avatar, Terminator Salvation, and Clash of the Titans, a number of people felt “This guy’s such a boring actor.” Though when he later took on supporting roles in smaller projects, that stigma went away. I honestly think that this is some of the very best work I’ve ever seen from Worthington. Overall, Under the Banner of Heaven may be a lot to take in for casual viewers, but it should still be a rewarding experience for anyone who manages to make it all the way through.

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    So who’s the supporting actor standout? i read many different opinions…

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    So who’s the supporting actor standout? i read many different opinions…

    Has to be Wyatt Russell as leader there. Gil Birmingham also had some standout moments and I really enjoyed his monologues in the final episodes. I know the initial reviews weren’t as glowing about Sam Worthington, but he got better over time.

    Daisy Edgar-Jones was good, but I ended up also enjoying Chloe Pirrie (Matilda) and Denise Gough (Dianna) even though they have very little chance of being noticed.

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    Billy Howle was the stand out supporting performance to me from the beginning. He gives a deeply evocative performance. Wyatt Russell is pretty great too but he isn’t as prominent throughout although his presence is often felt when he is not on screen in a way other characters don’t. They’re all pretty good but those two were the only ones deserving of being nominated IMO.

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    Overall, wasn’t that big of fan of show, the standout of supporting male was Howle for me. Plus, he had benefit that I believe he was on every episode. I believe he had the biggest screen time.

    I don’t see Garfield winning. Since, his too was more listening until the last episodes.

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    I agree. Andrew Garfield was great, but I don’t he will win. For me, Colin Firth is Michael Keaton’s biggest competitor.

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    I watched it and, it was fine. The structure of it wasn’t always successful. I think the backstory of Brigham Young was probably successful in the book, but what works on the page doesn’t always work on screen. Garfield was quite effective and subtle. Daisy Edgar-Jones I didn’t think had much to do. Part of that was the nature of her role, but I think Denise Gough and Chloe Pirrie had more showy roles and were more effective, especially Gough at the end. I think Russell and Worthington were both good, but trying to follow which brother was which and who did what was confusing sometimes. Maybe I wasn’t following along closely enough, or maybe the character names and awfulness were too similar. Gil Birmingham was good in the role of hard line police outsider. I just think overall, the series tried to do way too much and ended up all over the place. Also, the American accents went from fine to decent to why even try. Why do so many think that a flat accent without a trace of Brit or Aussie is the same as an American accent? It just annoys me more that it does most others I believe.

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    This was one of the most compelling limited series I’ve seen in recent years and the best I’ve ever seen Andrew Garfield on screen.

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    I found this to be pretty great but as someone who grew up in Utah that probably heightened the viewing experience a bit lol because I know people who were/are in that religion so it makes it even creepier.

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    This was one of the most compelling limited series I’ve seen in recent years and the best I’ve ever seen Andrew Garfield on screen.

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    I waited to watch this until I had finished the book first. The book is one of the best works of any medium I’ve ever encountered – from the extensive research, to its technical precision and its acute dissection of religious fanaticism.
    With that being said, I’m glad to say I really enjoyed the show as well. While Andrew Garfield was great, my standouts were Wyatt Russell, Gil Birmingham and Denise Gough.
    The only thing I was disappointed by was the decision to omit a lot of the history present in the book (which I found to be the most fascinating parts) although I do understand why they only concentrated on a few, select historical moments.
    Overall I think it’s one of, if not the most, important and impactful things I’ve seen in a long time.

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