"John Adams": HBO miniseries

by MediaPhile@evpl on Monday, September 29 2008, 2:56pm. Viewed 1,809 times.

If you didn't watch this absolutely wonderful series when it was on HBO, do so now!John Adams

I just spent 8 glorious hours in the bosom of the Adams family -- from the early 1770s until John's death on July 4, 1826.  (In case you didn't remember, John Adams and his good friend/enemy and co-founding father, Thomas Jefferson, died on the same day -- July 4, 1826 -- the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence).

These are my impressions:

  • My knowledge of Adams is exponentially increased, since I knew little of the man before. Perhaps Adams' constant lament that history would give all the credit to Jefferson and Washington proved somewhat true.
  • Paul Giamatti as John and Laura Linney as Abigail were fabulous!  And Tom Wilkinson WAS Benjamin Franklin!  I never did get used to David Morse as George Washington, but then I still remember him as an intern on "Saint Elsewhere." (Also, is playing Washington almost like playing God -- impossible?)john adams
  • Author David McCullough is now on my short list.  I can't believe I haven't read all of his books! 
  • 23 Emmy Award nominations and 13 wins makes perfect sense.  Awards included Best Miniseries, Best Actor in a Miniseries, Best Actress in a Miniseries, and Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries (Wilkinson).
  • Being important doesn't spare one hardship and tragedy -- or boredom, for that matter. 
  • Service to one's country is not necessarily lucrative.
  • The Presidency in the early days of our country was a rather thankless job.  One wonders how much better it is now...

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on Monday, September 29 2008, 4:06pm

Well, you beat me to the punch. Yes, I couldn't have said it better. It was fabulous! And, I too kept thinking of "Saint Elsewhere." I thought the acting was superb and learned many things I didn't know. The Extras tell of the attention that was paid to being historically correct. After I finished watching - which took several days - I found I missed it. MAKE the time to watch this one!

on Monday, December 29 2008, 12:02pm

This is the sort of intelligently produced popular history, whether made for TV or as a feature film, that is all to seldom seen. I also found it to be exceptionally well-acted.  Treat yourself to this richly entertaining biopic  and slice of early American history.