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In the Beginning,
This review is from: Wallander - Original Films 1-6 [DVD] (DVD)Rolf Lassgard was the first to play Henning Mankell's now famous Swedish detective.
The problem for these programmes is that they may have been first but they come limping in quite some time after the release dates for Kenneth Brannagh & Krister Henriksson's versions.
Do we really need a third version released?
Well I have to admit I am really pleased to see this boxed set appear. I know there may be some chronology issues with the episodes but it's the interpretation that really matters here & I have to say Lassgard really did make his own mark on Wallander.
In complete contrast to Brannagh's intense, almost constantly tearful & Henriksson's emotionally stunted performances it's great to have Lassgard bumbling around as a, seemingly, bit of a dozy oaf who upsets people with his brash words and yet remains constantly likeable.
Far more savvy than anyone gives him credit for he seem's to sniff out the facts bloodhound like while ambling hopelessly around his personal relationships. A failed partnership with a work colleague becomes fraught with misery for them both as he fumbles the break up.
The cases are as interesting & grim as ever & the support acting of a high standard.
Not quite as relentlessly grim as the later versions and with a little humour thrown in. Lassgard really did lend something almost childlike & very likeable to Wallander while right from the off production values were as high as the detectives fans have come to expect.
If you've not tried any Wallander's at all then you have a good choice. Kenneth Branagh makes a surprisingly good version with the added bonus of no subtitles for those who don't like them while Krister Henriksson is quite simply brilliant in his role, particularly the first series supporeed by a very good Johanna Salstrom.
Lasgard is perhaps for those who love the stories & want yet another angle or who simply love a good detective yarn well told.
Possibly not a first choice then but a really good version nonetheless & well worth a look & repeated viewings.
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Initial post: 24 May 2012 08:00:54 BDT
Thanks for a fantastic review!! Couldn't agree more with alot of what you have already said, particularly the Lassgård versions are probably for those who love the original stories.
I just wish that the BBC would purchase the other remaining stories featuring Lassgård as well. I have seen them, in Swedish, and they are all very good, particularly The Fifth Woman, which is a fascinating 4 hour pleasure every time I watch it.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2012 17:28:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jun 2012 17:39:18 BDT
I agree with Mikey and David Halliday. However, I think Rolf Lassgard is the best Wallander as he was a bumbling oaf at times and always upsetting people with his brash words (as David Halliday does say). Rolf Lassgard is my first and only choice for Wallander. Henriksson seems to be a little too gloomy. I do prefer Lassgard's sense of humour. Has anyone seen Sebastian Bergman. Just been on BBC4. That also was brilliant.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2012 21:32:24 BDT
totally love Rolf as Mallander. He is human, appealing, kind hearted and quite a hunk. branagh always seems like he was hit over the head before he starts his performances and he always seems to be ACTING :(
Posted on 21 Mar 2013 10:14:01 GMT
Very unusual for me to like reviews - but I do appear to warm to these (yours), especailly the Henriksson DVD review elsewhere which is so well rounded.
Anyhow, just a quick note to say, if in fact 'you' (purchaser) haven't watched Wallander before, maybe this provides an opportunity to watch the original Lassgård ones first and gain the advantage over those of us who most likely have watched the performances in reverse production/ed chronological order.
Plus this a good warm up (and you can finally warm down watching the UK vers last!).
... be mindful All have their merits, the slight overlap in L's and B's emotions tend to make B(UK) vesrion look not as good, but one needs to detach the two as L is norsman deep, B is real.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2013 20:11:54 GMT
The Kenneth Branagh versions are a classic example on how the BBC waste money! I've just finished reading The Troubled Man (in Swedish) so I can't wait to see it broadcast and then buy the DVD.
Posted on 25 May 2013 11:00:26 BDT
P. Evans says:
I have to agree that Rolf Lassgård gives the best portrayal of Wallander please give these a chance.
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