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Until finally "Isabel", the few attempts to recreate the Roman or medieval Spanish history on the small screen had been wrong and wastage, its low budget, for their amorous dalliances centered simple scripts, others misguided interpretations ...
But "Isabel" is different. Isabel is pure strategy, overwhelming conspiracy and smart tactics. The machinations, maneuvers and conspiracies of royal families and nobles for power surprise the viewer from the beginning of the series until the end. And not only that draws on the unforgettable "The Tudors" and the 1998 film "Elizabeth" starring Cate Blanchett, is reaching its excellent level.
Choosing the history of the life and reign of Isabel I of Castile (the cornerstone with which the present of this Spain geopolitical, religious and cultural level is explained ... and not only that of Spain) required a lot of dedication, desire and enthusiasm. And fortunately history has been brought to the scene with quality ... quality rarely seen in Spanish fiction.
While "Isabel" does not come to your bill of "The Tudors" level indoor photography and costume ... it's just a brisk get (there are details of the most beautiful landscapes, the setting of the Alcázares is wonderful, the post is outstanding, etc.).
Michelle Jenner has an amazing, whole, arrogant, ruthless and ambitious action in its role as Queen. His character shows a lot of facets to his entire performance (including innocence, strength, uncertainty, disposal) and around Jenner plays with great conviction and courage ... but still lacks a small point of charisma.
But what really makes "Isabel" reach levels of "The Tudors" (and even surpass them in many ways) is that history is behind it and that adaptation in their scripts, with fierce fighting that has little to envy " The Lion in Winter "1968.
Read in historical books, internal wars of the Trastámara dynasty, the treachery of the nobles to the people, the covenants heartless marriages, poisonings, Concords and conspiracies, etc. and are the most interesting. But in this adaptation are already absorbing. In the series features characters or past events (the series only has vague historical licensing) are not changed, but "invents" how happened. And this creates a tactical characters so vile as cunning (the more episodes go, the more you get to strangle the smart conspirator Marqués De Villena (extraordinary interpretation of Ginés García Millán), elusive reptiles (ecclesiastical characters), and a series of characters chiaroscuro in search of power and defeat threats.
In short, if this is a true "Game of Thrones". Highly recommended for fans of either series of intrigues or historical series. It has a complex plots in their tactics, many moments of emotional intensity, rich characters, some really good performances and distinguished atmosphere where the work of the extras and work locations and post highlights.
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