Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Pillars of the Earth

I meant to write about this sooner, but obviously the past several weeks have been consumed by other issues.

Shortly before those other issues arose, James convinced me to watch a mini-series called Pillars of the Earth. I say ‘convinced’ because I’m not generally one for period pieces. I don’t enjoy the blood battles of sword fights, and don’t generally find much excitement in time period shows, such as this one set in 12th century England. However, after watching this show I realize that I should be more open-minded with giving shows a try when I would normally just hear the premise and scoff. I LOVED Pillars of the Earth. I even cried when a main character died, in fact it’s possible I cried over several events in that show, because I got that attached.

I found the casting amazing for the most part, and some of the characters I thought I would hate really grew on me as we continued to watch the show. And the characters meant to be hated, I truly did. There was just the right amount of everything. Yes, there were bloody war scenes, but it wasn’t overly gratuitous, and being that it’s HBO, I didn’t find the sex scenes overly gratuitous either (which for me is a good thing – I’m not a prude but I’m not interested in watching porn either). I think this is a really solid mini-series and I highly recommend giving it a go. I was VERY skeptical, because as I said I don’t generally like this type of show, but I was totally hooked after the very first episode. Watch it, I don’t see how you could be disappointed with this show!

I should mention that it's based on a book, and according to some reviews, it seems people who have read the book are disappointed by the show (as is often the case). I didn’t read the book…but the main issue was how much information had to be taken out or changed in order to make it into a mini-series (I think it was 8 episodes?) It makes sense that it would have to be changed for that reason, but I still think it’s worth checking out, and if you haven’t read the book, what you don’t know won’t hurt you! I would personally rate this show at 9-9.5 out of 10.

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