Tuesday, March 18, 2008

It's Not TV, It's Educational, er, HBO

Let's face it, there's a lot of crap on TV these days. To put it mildly. So when a show of substance comes along, and it's well done and well acted I feel it necessary to tell everyone about it. If you are not watching "John Adams" on HBO then you need to get on it right away. They have only aired two episodes, so it should be easy for you to catch up. Why should you watch a mini series about our second President you ask? Well, let me ask you this, is it any dumber than watching a show about a chick who is famous for having a big ass and a sex tape? No.

Paul Giamatti has been excellent so far as Adams in the 1770's. The series, which is based on the book by David Mcullough, will take us all the way through Adams' life, and will keep us in touch with the other founding fathers as they endeavour to make a new nation free from the oppression of King George III. While Adams, Franklin, Washington et al may be in the forefront of our minds when it comes to this period in history, McCullough read hundreds of letters between Adams and his wife Abigail, skillfully played by Laura Linney, and the show brings the importance of their relationship to the fore.

Far from patriotic drivel, this is an honest and frank examination of a few men who took actions that not only changed America, but also changed the world. These men are played by a few actors that you will recognize, but by in large their performances are as large as the characters they portray. Tom Wilkinson gives a performance for the ages as Ben Franklin, and so far I haven't been too distracted by David Morse's fake nose in his role as Washington. The nice part about the prosthetic nose is that I don't see Brutal from The Green Mile every time I look at him. I still think they should have gotten Dave Chappelle as Samuel L. Jackson to play Samuel Adams. I can see it now, Samuel turns to John after the Boston Massacre and says "Yes I'm glad they're dead and I hope they rot in hell."

It's not TV, it's HBO.


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