Monday, April 21, 2008

And So Ends John Adams

Just finished watching the end of HBO's very excellent John Adams mini-series and I have to say that I was blown away. I can't ever recall a production so historically accurate and so thorough and yet so engrossing and personally moving. Adams certainly was a curmudgeon, but the series never failed to humanize our forgotten founding father. In my mind, the series represents a triumph of modern television, where the drive to deliver compelling drama with extraordinary production value has exceeded the current template for Hollywood's big screen productions. The pay nature of HBO and the extravagant cost of their DVD's made the 100 million dollar a production a possibility, but you've just got to appreciate the fact that such a production is possible today. It was too long for a movie and too complicated and extravagant for television of the past. So congrats John Adams. It was a fun ride.


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