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I hardly ever leave reviews, but in the case of Parade's End I feel that I must. Other than the costumes, cinematography, and war scenes, Parade's End was just not very good.
Christopher Tietjens (Cumberbatch) is an honor bound man that will always do what is right. Benedict's acting was amazing. Rebecca Hall, who plays his wife Sylvia was amazing as well. She did an excellent job portraying a beautiful, conniving, and narcissistic woman. It's so sad that such great acting was not put to good use. The plot was all over the place and the characters had no real depth. The actress that played Valentine was hardly ever there. Her character was only on screen for a few minutes each episode.
By the last episode there were too many unresolved plot lines and too many loose ends that never got tied up. I found myself just wanting it to end.
I'd also like to mention that Parade's End is a very slow paced drama that will test the will of even the most patient person.
If you want to watch a miniseries with superb acting, beautiful costumes, no viable plot line, and horrible character development, then Parade's End is the show for you.
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