Winona Ryder, Zoe Kazan, John Turturro among those set to star...
As a big fan of the novel: Holy shiiiiit!!!
HBO has set its lead cast as production begins on The Plot Against America, its six-part miniseries based on the 2004 novel by the late Philip Roth. Stranger Things‘ Winona Ryder, Zoe Kazan (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Morgan Spector (Homeland), Anthony Boyle (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Azhy Robertson (Untitled Noah Baumbach Project), newcomer Caleb Malis and John Turturro (The Night Of) star in the mini, which hails from Annapurna Pictures and Joe Roth.
Written and executive produced by frequent collaborators David Simon and Ed Burns, The Plot Against America imagines an alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism.
The novel is really not at all similar to Man in the High Castle ...
Alternate history about the mid-20th century with Fascism playing a key role as well as complacency with the German Nazi party?
Nah. I don't see it either.
Superficial similarities. Dick’s novel is full dystopian. Roth’s is a more intimate coming-of-age/family drama set with a backdrop of political turmoil. It’s like comparing a documentary about a Muslim or Latin American family living in the U.S. during the rise of Trump to, I don’t know, 1984.
The Plot Against America vs The Man in the High Castle...... which is the better book? Of course I know movies better than books, but ... I don't care.
Neither is among the best work of their respective authors I'd say ... I prefer The Plot Against America slightly, but that's a probably a reflection of my general preference for Roth over Dick (though it's an insanely weird comparison to make as it's genuinely hard to think of two authors more difference from each other). The Man in the High Castle is super entertaining as Dick's stuff always is, but I found it hard to get interested in it beyond the main concepts and become invested in its character. The Plot Against America fares much better with its family drama-based approach, it takes on a smaller scale than Dick's book and ultimately feels like the conflict means more.
This ended up being a really great miniseries that deserves more attention. Hadn't read the novel in advance, and now definitely feel compelled to. Initially thought it started a little too slow with those first two episodes, but in hindsight I think that groundwork was wholly necessary and a lot of the plot developments and character beats in the later instalments wouldn't have packed the same punch without it. The cast was uniformly excellent - Zoe Kazan, who I only really discovered a couple months ago, was almost certainly MVP and has quickly become one of my favourites of her age range.
This is only the second David Simon HBO work I've seen after The Wire. As with that show, I initially found his sober, dense style to be tough to get into. That show went on to become my second favourite show of all time, and while Plot Against America is certainly not on that level, Simon's intelligence and maturity continues to really impress me. Must find the time to explore his other stuff. 9
Yeah, liked it a lot. Definitely took it's time picking up, and I thought it was a little weird how sort of underplayed the disappearance in the final episode was, but good stuff. Not really at all like Simon's other work, but great in it's own, broader way. In the end it probably could have used a few more episodes to refine it some and dig deeper into the details of the world without so much monologuing, but whatever.