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Jonny Lee Miller
Television adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel, which follows Jean Valjean as he evades capture by the unyielding Inspector Javert. Set against a backdrop of post-Napoleonic France as unrest begins to grip the city of Paris once more.
Andrew Davies' latest BBC production, War & Peace, is an absolutely splendid TV adaptation of the epic novel.
First things first: do not compare a six hour adaptation to the book. Of course there can not be the same level of detail either in character development or plot. This adaptation should be taken on its own merits.
In my option, the outstanding components of this version are:
1. Paul Dano is well suited as Pierre, particularly in his well- practised range (from meek and mild to a raging temper) as seen in, to name one example, There Will Be Blood.
2. The cinematography is stunning. There are beautiful close-ups of couples dancing, for instance, sprawling vistas and an impressive symmetry to various shots.
3. The score is impressive in its variation and poignancy.
4. The costumes are, as you would expect, incredible.
I'm looking forward to seeing the remaining three episodes!
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