Chernobyl mini-series Jun 8, 2019 2:32:28 GMT
Post by Mattsby on Jun 8, 2019 2:32:28 GMT
Across the first few eps - great control of tone and I especially liked the eerie transitions, twisting the mundane and mire into visual symbolism of the slow creep of corruption across both the literal environs and the parrying of responsibility of the Soviet gov't. The show gets a lot of thematic juice out of the oppressive regime's superficial self-protective measures ("national pride") against intimate and broader consequence (humanity, catastrophe, truth). It's well acted too - right down to the bit characters, across many types, they're etched and played distinctively. Paul Ritter's perf as Dyatlov is one - first thing I've seen with the actor (he's a Tony nominee!) - he's very intimidating, stubborn in a lax, aged way, and pathetic and he brings it off by playing it down.
I've seen the director Johan Renck's only feature film Downloading Nancy, which works with a similar color-grading as Chernobyl actually, but it sort of suffocates in its unvarying despair, whereas Chernobyl, which doesn't shy from the unpleasant, foregrounds its enormous ensemble detail. Impressive script (by Craig Mazin - amazing career turn), covering politics, not merely of the travesty, science, obedience, sacrifice, class.....
Flaw-ish-es...... Ep4 isn't necessary to the core narrative, while well made I also found it difficult to watch which is rare for me. Jessie Buckley (great in Beast last yr btw) her character is a dull emotional pawn. And Ep5, there are some greatly acted scenes but it's also an expected conclusion and a little unremarkable how the events are recycled.