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How can the History channel get the history so wrong? This has to be the dumbest telling of our founding fathers. there no redeeming qualitiesHow can the History channel get the history so wrong? This has to be the dumbest telling of our founding fathers. there no redeeming qualities to this show whatsoever.… Full Review »
This is a very good series indeed! Very nice filmeffects and acting. Im hoping for more seasons of this! Though all of the details may not beThis is a very good series indeed! Very nice filmeffects and acting. Im hoping for more seasons of this! Though all of the details may not be correct, it tells of a time when ordinary men oppose the tyranni of a foreign king.… Full Review »
This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. LAME! OK I get that no one wants to see Sam Adams as he truly was, a portly 43 year guy. Fine, this is TV, make everyone younger and prettier, I can deal with that. But then they MESS with REAL STORY- making up a lot of stuff!! There is no evidence that Sam Adams was at the Boston Massacre, let alone that he BEAT the British Soldier who "fired first". Paul Revere never made it to Bartlett's Farm, let alone led the Patriots into ambushing the British there. And so on. Ending with him being at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Totally made up stuff!! Like the "real story" wasn't good enough. This mini-series was ok, if you don't know the real story. If you do, it sucked.… Full Review »
I report to you two episodes in to this Weinstein Company, Netflix Original. I had been pulled in by my slightly morbid fascination with theI report to you two episodes in to this Weinstein Company, Netflix Original. I had been pulled in by my slightly morbid fascination with the Mongol Empire and the chance to see Benedict Wong, the ultra-gentle ping-pong wizard ‘Errol’ in Sean Lock’s brilliant Fifteen Stories High, as megalomaniac warlord Kublai Kahn, grandson of Genghis. How on earth could Errol be Kublai? How could those two things be possible?
It begins with the Polo entourage adventuring through a village in the aftermath of an invasion. Everyone is either charred or impaled and there’s a general air of misery and terror...As the Polos inspect the ruins they are ambushed, taken prisoner and delivered to the court of The Great Khan. Here we see Benedict Wong as Kublai for the first time. In vast contrast to his grandfather Genghis, Kublai was born into wealth and power and, just like all people who are born into privilege, he dresses like a magnificent buffoon (see Gaddafi’s sons or Gogglebox’s Dom Parker). The Polos are stood before him, waiting for him to speak. But Benedict Wong does not speak. Instead, when he finally opens his mouth, we realise he has been dubbed by Al Pacino, asked to give an Eastern twang to his Tony Montana. It sounds as brilliant as it is ridiculous and with that accent, a few minutes in, the viewer learns: this show is gonna be stupid. No lessons shall be learned, there shall be no great satire here. But it might be fun.
And so the vapid Marco joins Kublai and onward we go into this confused mesh of show as it intertwines the cinematic traditions of the East and West into a bastardisation of culture and history that would make George R. Martin say, ‘Woah there’. Along with Tony Montana as Kublai and the lazy intercultural love story...It feels like it’s all been done before, just in a different accent. The production values are as strong as you would expect from the Weinsteins, Wong is highly enjoyable as Kublai and there’s a pace to the narrative that gives you little time to be concerned with how naff the content is, but it’s a big disappointment.
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Wow! what a show! this show is perfect, the acting is great, the story is told very well and each season just leaves you hanging for more! YouWow! what a show! this show is perfect, the acting is great, the story is told very well and each season just leaves you hanging for more! You must watch this show!… Full Review »