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I usually don't easily rate with 10 stars, but this series is
absolutely worth it. I didn't know too too much about the beginnings of
the history of the US, but this series taught me a lot.Thanks to a
great cast who brought these honorable people back to live and very
moving scenes it will stay in my mind and heart.I agree that this
should be showed to school children and especially modern day
What especially positively impressed me was the nearly complete lack of violence compared to oh so many other (american!) productions.We all know how terrible things can be, so there is no need to show it over and over again and satisfy merely voyeuristic wishes.Voices, quotes, Face expressions,subtle gestures should be enough for any human being to understand the message of this movie.VERY WELL DONE!
I love the US history, and among my favorite topics is the American Revolution. Then, there is one man whose great deeds are somehow overshadowed by all-time greats such as Washington, Jefferson or Franklin. This man is John Adams. His fervent character, his single-minded vigor and pursuit of his goals made him a remarkable and controversial figure. His often fiery character and his inability of not keeping his mind, all of these made him enemies quite too often. The HBO series made a great, huge, impeccable job of depicting John Adams and his time. Everything is done here with an utmost accuracy and mesmerizing precision. The casting is another great win - Paul Giamatti as Adams, Laurs Linney as his beloved wife Abigail, David Morse as General Washington to name the few, are all excellent choices. All of the primary and secondary actors do their job well, and how can we forget great Tom Wilkinson as Mr. Franklin. The setting, the soundtrack, the costumes and the unbelievably precise details add it all to the utter pleasure of watching this awesome serial. Highly and undoubtedly recommended
I have seen many exceptional series, but few lately have been as so as
this, John Adams. There is so much attention to detail here, the whole
of John Adams is exquisitely photographed and is advantaged further by
authentic period recreation and costuming. John Adams also has
realistic atmosphere, something that some of the best period drama
series(such as North and South, Little Dorritt, Bleak House and The
Crimson Petal and the White) excel at.
The music enhances the mood of each scene very well too, the writing is full of grit, poignancy and intelligence, and the story is both absorbing and interesting. The characters intrigue with enough depth to them to make them not fall into caricature. The acting is wonderful with no weak link. Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney are exceptional, and they are given top notch support from all particularly the always reliable Tom Wilkinson and David Morse.
All in all, simply amazing is really all I have to say about John Adams. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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I rented this out a few weeks ago and was gripped from start to finish
unable to stop watching.John Adams tells the remarkable true story of
the second man to be the President of the United States and how the
founding fathers began the country the world knows today.
John Adams(Paul Giamatti)is a lawyer turned politician in the 1700's and we follow his struggle to become a respected and admired man and we see how he eventually assumes high office.
Being British I'm fascinated by American history but didn't know too much about how the US began after watching this I'm much better informed and feel I have lived the experience as they did.Such is the power and accuracy of this beautiful series.
The highlight of John Adams though is the famous relationship between John and his loving wife Abigail(Laura Linney)she is his anchor, conscience and is more than just his wife and lover but is his best friend as well.The scenes between these two are my favorites in the entire series,so raw,honest and heartbreakingly sad at times.
She was left alone much of the time while John travelled on state business but the two wrote such beautiful letters to each other declaring their unending love for one another.These letters have survived and many I believe are included here.
The costumes,mannerisms,sets and way of speaking are all accurate to the time and add to the authentic feel of the whole thing.Also starring Stephen Dillane as Thomas Jefforson the man behind the Declaration of Independence and a lifelong friend of John's.David Morse as the first man to lead America George Washington,Tom Wilkinson as the legendary Benjamin Franklin and Sarah Polley as Adam's ill fated daughter Abigail"Nabby".
This is more than just a biography of one man and his family it's a fascinating look at a certain time period and shows the hardship and benefits of life back then and how people coped with not very much to live on.Made with a lot of care and attention paid to the tiniest of details this is a TV production that deserves a great deal of attention,moving,interesting and well acted this is good look at one mans contributions to history and a way of life that many now take for granted.
Being Canadian and history buff i was intrigued by this series
prospects of my southern cousins' history.
Upon seeing the series i would say that this series is superb on all aspects, from the visuals to the story. The series played out well and there was magic flow thru all of it because of the marvelous acting and casting and visuals. Somehow i wish this series would have been longer because you really grow attached to the characters just after a few shows...
The only caveat is that the end shows feel a little bit rushed on the time-line that these persons lived in and you are left filling the time-line voids and try to figure out what happened to some characters in the series but then again it is absolutely engrossing to watch this show.
A glorious effort at trying to show us history for the modern men and women of this generation.
As others have already noted, this miniseries should become required viewing in every American History class in the country. I read McCullough's bio of Adams about a year ago and found the miniseries to be endlessly impressive. Giamatti portrays Adams as a full human being rather than an historical caricature. Laura Linney makes you feel the inner strength of Abigail Adams. The other actors in major roles all perform wonderfully. I just wish they'd gone a few more episodes, giving more space to some things that were glossed over (like the whole War of 1812). Multiple Emmy's for HBO are certain, and for several of the cast. With the short shrift the Founding Fathers are given these days, portrayed either as horrible slave-owning Old White Men or else unapproachable god-like figures of American legend, this very humanizing look at the times and especially of Adams himself are a breath of fresh air. Can't say enough good things about this one. It's going to do well on DVD.
I'm clearly in the minority on this, but as much as I wanted to like
this series, I just couldn't. It turned me off so much, in fact, I
couldn't even finish it. The Adams in the HBO series just isn't the
Adams I've come to know in McCullough's book, the Adams/Jefferson
letters, and John/Abigail letters. Some of it is there, certainly, but
Giamatti's performance is uniformly petulant, irritable, and whiny. I'm
reminded of Dorothy Parker's criticism of Katherine Hepburn: "She ran
the whole gamut of emotions from A to B." Adams certainly could be all
three, but was clearly so much morea more vital, gravitational
personalityand you'll never see itindeed, get even a glimpse of itin
HBO's John Adams. While in an obviously frothier vein, Bill Daniels'
forceful portrayal of Adams in the film adaptation of the musical 1776
is far truer to the man described in the book and letters. He, at
least, could convincingly be the Adams described by his peers and the
match for Abigail, which was never the case for me with Giamatti's
shrinking whiner. When he is supposed to be forceful, he merely comes
off as a brat. At no point during the HBO series could I bring myself
to believe that it was Giamatti's Adams that the other characters were
talking about. He simply wasn't believable to me, to the extent that I
simply couldn't watch him anymore. I had to retrieve the book and
letters from my bookshelf to cleanse my palate and revisit the man of
Which is a criticism I have of the writing itself. Such work in a supposedly epic telling, and yet again I find a much more understandable presentation of Adams in the film 1776 than in four hours (so far) of HBO's production. After four episodes I still couldn't perceive a coherent philosophy, and challenge anyone watching it cold to produce one. The production spent far too much time on the minutiae of moments at the expense of a clear depiction of the man himself. Ultimately it was all about emotionsand again, only a couple of themrather than thoughts. But then this is modern Hollywood's obsessionexcessive but ultimately superficial verisimilitudewhich is why its characterizations pale in comparison to the best of the past.
The same problem extends to the production itself. There is a fanatical attention to detail, including superb visual and special effects, but once again at the expense of the story. Rather than simply putting a camera on an actor and letting him act, Adams' director Tom Hooper, like so many of his peers, feels he must "put us in the moment" with hand-held camera work and oblique camera angles, or create an interesting canvas through off-center compositions and muted colors. All he does instead is distract the viewer and draw attention to himself instead of the characters. Oh but for the chance to lock the present generation of directors in a room playing Ford, Huston, Hawks, and Wyler movies non-stop until they finally learn what they clearly never have about storytelling.
I am happy, actually, that so many have enjoyed this series so much, but it's more than disappointingaggravatingthat the John Adams they're given is such a feral dog compared to the force of nature and penetrating mind, vain, stubborn, and obnoxious as it is, that comes through his letters.
This series is truly amazing. The actors are very talented and
believable, and the whole is a well-done and remarkable representation
of John Adams' life. I always get bored out of my mind by the flat,
matter-of-fact nature of textbooks and documentaries. Although I prefer
films that show the actual war more than the politics, this film is
what got me hooked on the Revolution, and history in general, and I
would strongly recommend it to anybody who is interested in that kind
I dropped one star because there are a number of historical inaccuracies throughout the series--pretty much all minor details, and for the most part, the plot is authentic, but it is something that matters a great deal to me with portrayals of history. I got the David McCullough's book after I watched this and I would highly suggest reading it as well if you really want to learn the details more accurately. Also, some parts of Adams' life feel like they were rushed/skipped over, but considering that they have to go through his whole life in seven episodes, they do a good job covering the important aspects. Other than that, I can find nothing to criticize. There is much use of silence throughout the film, which works wonders to inspire the mood of the various scenes, but when the score is played in the background, it emphasizes the moment dramatically. The title track, especially, is wonderfully patriotic and takes my breath away.
Again, I absolutely recommend watching this if you are interested in history and America.
This series was so good I am having difficulty finding words to do it
justice. I have only faded memories of John Adams from my high school
history class almost 50 years ago. The teacher spoke well of John Adams
but I didn't really remember why. This series has not only reminded me
but it has also provided me great detail as to how great a part John
Adams played in the birth of America. This was so educational and
enlightening for me. The more I learn of the men and women who created
this county out of nothing the greater is my admiration for them. They
made hard choices, they were willing to risk life and limb for the
chance to see a dream come true. I am amazed by how well they sorted
out the constitution and the bill of rights with the intent of
preventing problems for those who would follow. Their wisdom and the
ability to foresee conflict is incredible. We owe them a great deal of
gratitude and respect.
I wish this was required viewing for all high school students.
The producers' self-evident intent with this series was to offer a
nuanced look at a period of US history which has been so glorified as
to occult anything controversial.
Here, the tug of war between Adams and Jefferson and their respective factions is well illustrated, complete with petty recriminations and back-stabbing (how quaint it now seems that the vice-president could have been the general election runner-up!).
Despite my appreciation for this more accurate rendition of history, I was frequently frustrated that the focus on the personal history of John Adams steered the series away of many of the important milestones of the revolutionary period; the Boston tea party is shown only as the tarring and feathering of the commissioner, none of the war of independence battles are more than alluded to, and the war of 1812 is not even mentioned.
The costumes are amazing and even more so the physical aging of the characters.
A few episodes resort to ridiculously crooked camera angles with annoying frequency, but for the most part the camera work is sedate and pleasing.
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