Hopefully it will be better than the trailer and it has an acclaimed source but I don't like the comic slant - I mean he was a scary man with a just cause, I don't want to be laughing at the crazy white guy and lose sight of that....so hopefully the full work is more considered.
This looks fucking fascinating. Hawke looks like he's really going for something here, and while Diggs isn't my ideal Frederick Douglass in my mind, I feel he can really pull this off. Might end up being a waste of time, but the trailer has got me. Especially with Hawke, a very low key actor trying to go so big.
After trying to watch the first few episodes of Mrs America, and getting out of it a trite, poor woman's attempt at Mad Men that is struggling to maintain my interest, this looks like one hell of a palette cleanser in terms of historical based TV mini-series.
I'm not sure that Hawke can pull off the inspired zaniness of Mel Gibson or Nic Cage, but I'm open to seeing him try. I'm with Pac on his opinion of this looking like it is turning Brown into a joke though. I hope that isn't the case.
I'm actually optimistic. I was thinking about how we need a proper John Brown biopic, full of righteous anger, and Ethan Hawke proved in First Reformed he's capable of that idealistic crusader archetype in a more low-key setting; we just needed to see him at full froth.
Look, good intentions aside Ethan Hawke is and will always be small time as an actor (except for First Reformed, greatly used there)......and these trailers are fncking awful to me, but who knows maybe they're not capturing it.
Observation: Fictionalize this story and make the John Brown character's cause be something less obviously righteous or more grey (how about his obsession is ending abortion maybe?). You'd have something closer to the truth in how Brown was perceived then.......and more complicated artistically/dramatically.
Judging by the early reviews (it's currently 83 on Metacritic), this show is supposed to be very good, and most critics are saying Ethan Hawke gives an incredible performance. Happy for Hawke. He's a great, underrated actor and this performance looked well out of his comfort zone, so it's good for him that people think he pulled it off. He may be the early frontrunner for most of the Best Actor limited series TV awards now.
"Y'all gonna hang me or not? I got chores." Anybody catch the first episode? Directed by Albert Hughes (Menace 2 Society, From Hell) in a way that is anything but boring. I just wonder with its POV, fast pace, and tricky tone if the weeklong wait isn't gonna hurt its momentum and our feel of it. Main kid is good, Hawke vehement one could say, Keith David's third cousin bit made me laugh, some Elmore James on the soundtrack....
E2 was good and almost entirely without Ethan Hawke - he recently said John Brown is "the noise of the show" but the journey is Onion's, and so this ep questions how long Onion will put up the gender facade, and the different ways slaves look to survive. Not a humorous ep, it's rather emotional. With some Nina Simone on the soundtrack.....
Hubert Point-Du Jour as Bob is very good so far, I hope he gets more to do, could be a breakout new actor.
I liked both episodes and I like Hawke very much - this is some of his more robust and best acting ever - I accuse him of being a vanilla actor but this is his version of tearing into a role........I'm not sure how much I'll keep watching but maybe - it's like watching a show where the "story" isn't the story so much "the" story but slight variations on stories within.
It is well played though in narration, music and weird humor ......the Sibonia arc here is when most people get hooked on this show I bet ........a little of this is a little much for me and in its own way formula is already set up - ironic turn, violent resolution, not much historical accuracy as it plays but kind of thrilling in its self-contained world.
~7/10 or a little higher at the start ..... there's good stuff here.......
This is only 7 episodes total so may as well keep up....
E3 is pretty good, but maybe the weakest yet, the bulk of it plays out like theater with Daveed Diggs as a pompous Frederick Douglass in a portrayal that feels more outta John Guare than this show. Hawke gets a few great scenes, one on the train where there's size and scare to him and then a poignance, and another in a nervous dinner scene with Douglass where he combs his beard with a fork and we get a sense of how swiftly he can lose or catch others with all his over-the-brim religion and intended violence - is he noble or annoying?
Starting to appreciate the production design quite a lot too, and keeping with my other posts, we get two great Gospel songs on the soundtrack this ep.