The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
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3 years after that comment, I would have liked to see generalche's face when Redmayne won his first Academy Award ..
This is a nice adaptation from a great book. I think they could have used a few more episodes to give it a better pace, since I felt some events at different points of the story and particularly at the end were a little bit rushed, but in general they did a good job cramming everything into just eight episodes. What I missed the most was the character development, because I feel that's what makes the book something very special: you care about the protagonists and absolutely despise the villains. They just jump out of the page. Don't get me wrong, most of the performances are excellent, particularly Ian McShane as Waleran and Hayley Atwell as Aliena, both of them getting Golden Globe nominations and deservedly so. Matthew Mcfayden as Philip was great as well. The only real letdown was the guy playing Jack, who just did a terrible job and that's a major flaw since Jack is such an important character. Maybe a few more episodes to explain a little more about their lives, their backgrounds, the way they reacted to certain events and how they affected them would have made this series as special as the book. Instead, it is just a nice TV mini series and nothing else. I definitely recommend reading the book first, but if you just want to watch the series I'm sure you will enjoy it nevertheless.
The ginger fella can't act. Sorry.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!