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A poor imitation of the original.
on 26 March 2015
Have just watched the original UK version which is gripping, with the late lamented Ian Richardson masterful as that evil genius Francis Urquhart. First impressions of this US revision are disappointing, in spite of the participation of both Michael Dobbs and Andrew Davies.
I'd like subtitles, for a start; sound quality is inferior, fluctuating between too loud and difficult to hear. Kevin Stacey sometimes mumbles, and the accents aren't always easy to understand.
The lighting is too subdued - Wolf Hall managed better, even with its homage to authentic Tudor interiors. Hard to credit 21st Century Washington living in deeper darkness than Henry VIII!
The "Mattie" character looks like a malnourished teenager.
Just hope US politics don't prove too incomprehensible, but at least the pace isn't breakneck, like "West Wing" or "The Thick of It". This last can't hold a candle to "Yes, Minister". I for one need time to savour political intrigue, whether it's Sir Humphrey's suave manipulation, or Urquhart's diabolic machinations.