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"Camelot" Homecoming (2011)

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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Excellent and refreshing view to the legend

9/10
Author: mago_sin_hada from South America
26 February 2011

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I really liked the first episode of this series. Great photography, wonderful locations, good acting (the performance of Eva Green is absolutely believable and intense) and a unique soul that makes the show so interesting and so digestible at the same time. Arthur in this first episode seems to be totally inadequate, but surely it's something that's gonna change radically. I hope (and i am sure)that the people do a good response to the series and don't let the show dies and fades like so many others excellent TV series in the past years. And to finish: !!!Eva Green is the most beautiful woman on the Earth!!!..I'm sorry but i had to express that or i'd surely died in agony... Long live King Arthur.

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5 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Unbalanced production, beautiful people but questionable acting, intriguing destiny, not interesting nor entertaining enough, creativeless and zero fantasy

3/10
Author: igoatabase from France
2 April 2011

In French camelote stands for trash. The stuff you want to get rid of. Homecoming is the sort of pilot you can ignore. As a fan of Arthurian legends I couldn't help being disappointed by the way Camelot's one was told. However I see it as an opportunity to read Marion Zimmer Bradley's work again ! The lady is eternal but I definitely expect the show to meet a quick death. It's even more surprising considering it airs on the same channel that contributed to the rising of almighty Spartacus : Blood and Sand. This new breed is nothing like it. A more similar production would be BBC's Merlin but Camelot doesn't even play in the same league. The first was filmed in France and its magnificent castle looks like if it was straight from a fantasy tale when in the second Uther Pendragon's one could be mistaken for a farm from outside. Its interior is better designed but overall I found the production quite cheap even if the costumes were good, but still too clean. The worst element was probably the audio because it didn't sound like if performers were actually talking in large rooms. Like if it wasn't enough the lighting was also really bad so overall the immersion factor was really low.

It leads us to the prestigious cast because with so many famous people it could explain the lack of resources to properly picture a legend. Eva Green was drop-dead gorgeous as Morgan, a seductive and dark lady with a thing for black magic and power, but from time to time I found her acting over the top, specially at the beginning. She actually reminded me of Michelle Ryan as Nimueh in Merlin. However Morgan is a main character so it could be exciting to see Green embrace her and become a charismatic antagonist. She was also joined by Claire Forlani, beautiful as always but who only played a minor role, Joseph Fiennes, as a bold and creepy Merlin who didn't convince me at all when I really liked him in Shakespeare in Love. I also noticed the lead from Crusoe and James Purefoy from Rome. The last probably gave the best performance and somehow revealed Green's potential. Arthur's actor reminded me of Dragon Heart's king and BBC's one because he's quite slim and doesn't look strong at all. But it's not necessarily a bad thing considering Camelot is about the birth of a new king. Like in Smallville it could be interesting to follow his adventures and witness the transformation of a weak farmer into a legend. It's specially true considering the twist that occurred right in the middle of the episode. In fact it was a pleasant surprise and I couldn't help cheering for it. An excuse to give the show one more chance ? Maybe.

As for the rest we have a balance of hopeful pros and deceptive cons. First you shouldn't learn anything valuable from it when shows like Merlin and Smallville focus a lot on personal development and educative elements. Second I found the nudity irrelevant even if Green has the body for the job. Sensuality versus sexuality ? The first would have made Morgan so much more attractive and desirable ! Third I have to admit that some outdoor scenes were almost enchanting. From forests to green landscapes it's really a shame that other settings jar with them. Fourth where was the magic ? Isn't it supposed to be a fantasy show ? I'm not asking for fairies lost in the woods or Merlin to cast fireballs with his eyes but overall the universe wasn't enchanting. Even Tin Man was superior. Last but not least the few dreams and flashbacks seemed misplaced. The transitions were too brutal and in general there was nothing creative about the editing. Am I wrong to compare it with Spartacus ? I doubt it because the channel's viewers now expect the best and not a show ruined by an army of flaws.

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