Wallander - Series 2 [DVD]
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All three feature-length episodes from the second series of the BBC crime drama starring Kenneth Branagh as Swedish detective Kurt Wallander, who investigates a series of violent and terrifying murders in the beautiful setting of Skane, Southern Sweden. Episodes are: 'Faceless Killers', 'The Man Who Smiled' and 'The Fifth Woman'.
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Branagh is astonishing. His acting is pitch perfect throughout the three episodes. By the last one in this series - The Fifth Woman - you almost feel like smashing through your screen to give him a hug. It's not just that he does misery well - and these shows are bleak, both in subject matter and style - but he also manages to get across the sudden bursts of hope that are almost more painful than the agony. The most impressive moment was when he learns of the death of a close relative. His face, his manner, his tone were all spot-on. It made me think of the moment when I heard about the death of the same person in my life; a jolting, uncomfortable moment for me, but one that left me pointing at the TV and telling my kids, solemnly, that's exactly what it's like.
The other pluses of the show are a strong supporting cast; superb locations; a haunting title track and his mobile phone ring tone - which just about undercuts all the wintry despair every time it trills.
I have read all three novels that these adaptations were based on and, yes, some elements of the books gets lost. I found this especially in 'Faceless Killers' where Wallander - in the book - is an utterly compelling train wreck, but Branagh more than compensates for the deviations and deletions from the source material in his performance. The man is Kurt Wallander.
I saw all of these on the telly, but I will be buying this set so I can put it next to those other Branagh masterclasses on my DVD shelf - Shackleton, Conspiracy and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
All in all not bad, but too much drama. Couldn't help thinking of Hamlet from time to time...
Each episode is a meticulously produced 90-minute self-contained story, set in southern Sweden, where Kurt Wallender (played by Kenneth Branagh) investigates a variety of violent and emotionally charged murders. The crimes serve more as a back-drop for the evolution and transition of Wallender's character, however. These are three films about a man sliding away from society, whose grip on normal life becomes increasingly tenuous following divorce, estrangement from his daughter, the sudden collapse of his professional life in absolute violence, and the desperate sadness of his father's decline. This is not cheerful viewing, but it is utterly compelling.
There will be countless people who don't like this interpretation of Wallender, who prefer the books or the earlier Swedish TV series. For me, it's not a competition and liking one or all does not affect my enjoyment of the others. Judging the BBC's version of Wallender for its rendition of high-class, intelligent crime drama and ignoring any other criteria then it's hard not to give it the full five stars.
The filming is gorgeous and makes the most of the beautiful, bleak landscape through which roams Wallender's fragmented spirit. The script and dialogue is extremely polished, and Branagh gives a stunning performance in each episode - the exchanges with Wallender's father, played David Warner, are especially poignant and frustrating.
The director also deserves a huge nod for pulling together a superb cast which interacts in a realistic and nuanced manner.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superb series: took a while for Brannagh's portrayal of fractured detective Kurt Wallander to settle with me, but the acting is excellent and it really captures the atmosphere is... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Corvax
Kenneth Branagh gives a remarkable performance as Wallander, the Swedish detective with huge angst. Series 2 follows closely to the approach of the first series that was equally of... Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2013 by CN
this item took a while to arrive but is great, and excellent quality have enjoyed watching this series and will order morePublished on 3 April 2013 by sue
Having missed the episodes on BBC I have worked my way through the dvd's & have really enjoyed them after each episode you realise why Wallander is like he is & is played very well... Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2012 by clutterfree