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Indian Summers (2015)
It's no Downton Abbey
I had high hopes for this since it's a Masterpiece brand production, but it was painful to get through the first episode. The trailer on the PBS website for this shows this woman singing within a party of guests. Must have been watching it for 20 minutes before she even had some kind of screen time because we completely forgot about her. A total disconnect in the marketing of this. Then she had almost nothing to do within the story, if you could call the constant unfolding of people and places a story. This comes across like it was adapted from a book that was rich with detail and descriptions of the people and situations, but the screenwriter left out those details in their writing. Why should people have to work so hard to watch something where they need an episode guide of everyone's names and all that just to follow what is going on. It's not Wanger's Ring Cycle being sung in another language that you should need a road map to what you are seeing just to make sense out of it. You see couples together and you don't know if they are brother and sister or not, or if they are married or not, or if they are just friends. You see people together and you don't know if they are master and servant or friends. A guy rushes off the train to aid a sick child and we don't know if he's a doctor or not, we don't know if the woman with him is a nurse or not.
This is just an example of the compounding of exposition that takes place where by the end of episode 1, you don't have a clue what you watched except it has nice cinematographer which might be the only reason to see this and that's with the sound off while munching on a bag of chips talking with friends or listening to music. But I'm sure you have far better things to do with your time than watch this pointless drivel.
This brings the art of music down to the level of sports
Throwing a chair, slapping a music student repeatedly in front of his class in rehearsal simply because the teacher doesn't know how to teach rhythm. This movie brings the art of music down to the level of sports sadly. There are already enough bad teachers out there, we don't need a training film for them. The guy isn't a "hard teacher", he's just an asshole. Anyone knows that a good teacher can solve simple problems like this very quickly and knows that hitting a student isn't the answer. But this screenplay is an amateur work and sought out this method to evoke drama than showing someone who was a real teacher who was passionate about the craft and found a better way to work with students. But hey, showing a kid get slapped around gets you off, then this hazing film is for you. It's sure to play on your Picure-in-Picture along side wresting with you and your buddies pausing to say, "Wait...watch this..." and the kid gets slapped and they all say, "awesome!" and have another beer. Too bad IMDb doesn't allow zero stars. Who green-lighted this project, someone's family have a lot of money to fund it? Who's paying for all this over the top reviews of this piece of trash?