Fingersmith (mini Series)
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|Contributor||Elaine Cassidy, Aisling Walsh, Sally Hawkins, Rupert Evans, Charles Dance|
Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton, Charles Dance, Rupert Evans, David Troughton and Elaine Cassidy star in this highly acclaimed mini-series set partly in Victorian London's criminal underworld, adapting Sarah Waters' Man Booker Prize-nominated novel. Petty thief Sue Trinder is part of an elaborate scheme to defraud heiress Maud Lilly of her inheritance. Urged on by her guardian Mrs Sucksby, Sue aids conman Richard Rivers in his plan to marry Maud then have her committed to a madhouse, thus claiming her fortune. In a dramatic twist, it is Sue herself who is consigned to the asylum, as Maud, desperate to escape her own tortured existence, has been in on Rivers' plan from the start. But Maud learns that she too is a victim of Rivers' deception and the two young women now find their lives intertwined in ways that neither could have imagined...
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 19 x 13.6 x 1.7 cm; 140 Grams
- Director : Aisling Walsh
- Run time : 3 hours
- Release date : 17 March 2021
- Actors : Sally Hawkins, Rupert Evans, Elaine Cassidy, Charles Dance
- Studio : ViaVision
- ASIN : B08R7GFRMW
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 42,305 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The production as a whole, though, isn't quite a five. There are a number of reasons. The two main actresses, while brilliant individually, aren't as compelling together as, say, Keeley Hawes and Rachael Stirling in 'Tipping the Velvet'. A couple of minor characters seemed to lack roundedness, in relation to one example, Charles Dance, who fully-realizes the blinkered uncle in a brilliantly-understated performance. (No surprises there.) The powers behind the production also managed to get hold of the fabulously talented Imelda Staunton, so I'm unsure why that level of quality isn't replicated all the way through the cast. Too often (it's fine occasionally), the central pairing's dialogue is broken up by hesitations and meaningful looks, which impedes the flow of the film, and makes the script more banal than it should be. And the payoff for dancing along with the lively 'Fingersmith' plot - including the over-cooked murder scene - is surely a final dissolution of awkwardness between the two main characters, a welling up of emotion and a metaphorical loosening of stays. Which doesn't really happen.
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This is good, but slightly lacking, hence a 4 star review. Waters is adept at characters and whilst this captures the main players, the book has more detail. So I found the film slightly flat. It’s Dickensian and part of Walters’ brilliance is her mix of characters and plotting. This is a tale filled with both; the plot twists are excellent and it’s a worthy adaptation.
Some extras on the dvd including character profiles and behind the scenes. I bough5 this Used very good from a third party seller (Music Magpie) for just over £1, so it’s a bargain.
I thought the whole film was very cleverly made, including the meticulous attention to details in the costumes, the scenes in London, and so on so forth, and the script writer did an excellent job too! It was completely unpredictable, and although it was based on the novel by a modern writer, it was almost as good as Charles Dickens' Bleak House, apart from some sensual scenes which were slightly too graphic, which would probably prevent this work to be compared to more classical novels by film or book critics.
The actors were also brilliant - the two main young female characters were convincing and very impressive - I want to congratulate the actresses. Charles Dance appears as a Victorian scholar, the role that Dance would be the best actor to play. All the supporting actors and actresses, especially Imelda Staunton was brilliant. This kind of high quality TV series is something I think my TV license fees worth paying for (although obviously I had to pay some more to get this DVD)!
I understand that the author of this novel wanted to picture the love and carnal attachment between two young women from two completely different walks of life, but I can't stop wondering if showing the lesbian love so graphically was really necessary in this drama, as the whole story would easily grab the viewers' hearts, and there are great twists, and these alone can make the whole story unpredictable and exciting, so without the sexuality parts this would have made a great film for much wider audiences (although I imagine the author wanted to set lesbianism as the central part of the context). Because of this, I don't think this will make the best choice for a family movie for Christmas.
It's a three-hour-long film including both parts, so it's quite long, but if possible I recommend you watch both parts in one day as you might get confused the different perspectives that are shown in each part. Unfortunately there are no subtitles available in this DVD. If there were, I might have added one more star to my rating.
Hope this helps and you enjoy the film. Merry Christmas!