Eighty years of unlikeable people. Only the characters portraying the author and his wife are worthy of any respect, and she is hardly on at all, so that really leaves just one person who you could give a toss about. Many of the dramatis personae come to sticky ends. I've never seen a drama with so many slow pans of the recently deceased!
Not actually boring but thoroughly unengaging. You've been warned.
The book, of course, is much more scathingly accurate in its no holds barred portrayal of the English middle and upper classes in that time period, which was Anthony Powells lifespan, one in which he moved comfortably between those two areas. All of the plot action is based on events and trends in his life. A website of the same name will clue you in and also indicate the last minute reduction in financial committnent to the miniseries, making it shorter and reducing characters. Also the biography of Powell, in the system, is a good read.
I kept waiting for a story to develop, but after four parts and nothing was happening but party after party, I quit. I'm a Brit, but found some accents too plummy to understand, especially over music. Much ado about nothing really!
Superb series. Shows how life evolves with age and how teenagers become adults and their views of life change due to circumstances.
I liked the first two DVDs better than the second two. In the earlier ones, the characters are students in secondary school and university and it ends with the beginning of WW II when they are in (perhaps) their early 30s. In the final DVD, some of the main characters are portrayed using different actors. Much of the action is conveyed through dialogue.
disappointing and plodding.
Despite the parade of English eccentrics and the cavalcade of British TV and film stars, the story never seemed to coalesce.
I only got through three episodes. Not engaging at all.
Only got interesting on the second disk. The author really bullies the social climber character while the upper class characters are teated fairly lightly especially the writer character who probably represents himself. This character sails though blameless and relatively serene. He seems to be saying that things were better with the older class system. The last disk's post war chaotic society -- once the old order finished -- adds to this.
Reducing a 12-volume novel into a TV production must have been a harrowing job for the screenwriter... I watched it as a companion piece to the books, and it did help tremendously keeping track of the many characters. The production was beautiful and the acting good.
Very slow to get going, and not terribly engaging, but it does do a very good job of capturing the mood of the period. It would seem no expense was spared.
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