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All in the Eye of the Beholder
on 22 February 2015
Reactions to this mini-series are going to be very personal. Like the book, it suffers from something that some will find a grave weakness: the dramatic climax occurs barely halfway through. The rest of the story is a long-drawn-out descent into predictability and mundaneness. Judging from most of the other reviews here, many don't mind that. Some will argue that that's Boyd's point: a life once full of promise often ends up a disappointment; indeed, that the 'message' of the story is that life can be full (as Logan's undeniably is) yet ultimately unfulfilling. For me, it made devoting a couple of weeks' worth of precious reading time, and then 4 1/2 hours of TV-watching, seem rather empty experiences.
Acting and production generally top-notch, with the proviso that Jim Broadbent isn't given that much to do. He spends two-thirds of the film looking anguished, maudlin or regretful in close-up but saying nothing (bar an occasional voice-over), and then the last third having to speak fairly banal lines.