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I think Joely Richardson is great..
on 2 April 2018
Big sigh... So, I think Joely Richardson is great...but not in this. Dougray Scott is someone I can take or leave but in this he's just dull. And Eddie Izzard? Who on farther thought he was a good idea for the role of Torrance? He's very obviously been cast because when the series was made he was a name of the moment. A mistake.
What about the story? Well, for a book that is as amazing as The Triffids is, I can't quite understand how often those who want to turn the book into video get it wrong. The original movie with Howard Keele was laughable..but with good will you could imagine what a good movie that could have been. The original BBC series was relentlessly downbeat but did actually capture the spirt of the book. But this remake? All that money, and quite a bit of talent, and what we got was instantly forgettable, as well as being so far from the book in many places that it seemed to me that whoever wrote the screenplay had only a passing memory of what was in the book.
This is a story that worked with thought and imagination, by a major directorial talent, could be a wow movie or a great mini-series. I hope someone at Netflix or Amazon or HBO says "I've got a great idea...".