Beautiful production. Good acting. The story was ridiculous and more than a little boring.
I usually love BBC period dramas, and they rarely disappoint me. This one did. This mini series is a tale of contemporary issues set in Amsterdam what looks to be the 1600's. Great job in the setting and clothes, but, a confusing story(to put it kindly) that is not believable. I almost did not finish it, and will never watch again.
This was quite interesting, although things weren't clearly explained at the end. I think it would have benefited from being made as four or five parts instead of limiting it to three.
After so much buzz surrounding the book (which I couldn't get into) I was really excited to see this miniseries. At the end if the series I wondered why anyone liked the book, I was glad I didn't invest the time into reading it. The characters were great but it was all a horrible tragedy that ends with a big "What?!?" So while the series was enjoyable to watch, the plot left me upset. I wouldn't recommend to anyone unless they love tragedies.
There are good things here: terrific period costumes and lighting plus strong performances from Alex Hassell and Romola Garai. The locations are not authentic Amsterdam, but the green screen work (which makes use of the canals and the Pieterskerk in Leiden) is good enough to make it appear that way. The problems are twofold: the screenplay, which compresses the plot and pushes the action along too quickly; and the rather flat central figure of Petronella Oortman, played by Anya Taylor-Joy. Her transition from a clueless blonde meisje uit het platteland to a city-smart gal who accepts her husband's homosexuality and eventually takes over his business is not convincing. But the producers no doubt wanted to foreground the themes of repressed sexuality and strong woman to appeal to a contemporary audience. It's worth watching, but it could have been much better if the 'message' aspect had not been so intrusive.
While there is good acting (afterall, it's BBC), it is slow, dark and gloomy. This is not a movie to watch if you are subject to low moods. I made the mistake of watching it Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It probably would have played better on a large screen. With all the challenges we have now in present day US, at least we're not living with the ignorance and superstition of the 17th Century.
On the whole, it was a pleasant experience watching The Miniaturist. I would recommend it.
The story is enticing - a mystery, but not a whodunit. The period costumes of the Netherlands were done well and the miniatures cleverly crafted.
However, the story is rather slow moving at times especially in the first 2 episodes, and the interior of the home gloomy and poorly lit throughout the episodes making the rich interior decor a waste of time.
Does the story end after 3 episodes? It should not but it does. At the end of third episode, I expected another episode just to bring clarity as to why the miniatures were made by the strange willowy wispy woman with mesmerizing eyes and why she sent them the way she did, even when not asked. She was not a convincing character when she does speak up...
Not a neat finish!
A BBC three-part miniseries that tells the story of a lavish house, full of mysteries and innuendoes, of a rich Dutch Merchant who marries a young, beautiful but poor aristocratic lady set in 17th Century Amsterdam. The prosperous Dutch merchant must navigate the complex world of high society, appearances, guilds, imported perishable goods, Calvinism, an overbearing live-in sister, and the blurring line between friends and enemies. He purchases a doll's house which is an exact replica of his home to keep his young wife busy furnishing its empty rooms with her heart's desire.
Very slow, didn’t get my attention.
I wanted to like this series. It's three hours of great costumes, dark sets and lots of door slamming with a little bit of plot thrown in just wasn't that captivating.
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