Masterpiece’s Oliver Twist Review: Darkness and Discordance Descend as Episode Two Fizzles

Gregor Fisher and Sarah Lancashire, Oliver Twist (2007)

Episode two of Masterpiece Classic’s Oliver Twist on PBS concluded last night with a dull thud. It also did not help that it was competing in the same time slot at the 81st Academy Awards ceremony, so viewers like me who taped Oliver watched it after an anti-climatic new and improved Oscars that also left me flat. In my previous comments on episode one, I mentioned that this new adaptation was very dark. I had meant it metaphorically. Now I mean literary. The cinematography was so lacking in light, that too fequently I could decipher little, missing much, and relying entirely on dialogue. The music also got on my nerves and was too discordant. So, we must retrench and try to say something interesting about the conclusion of this new adaptation of Oliver Twist, by focusing instead on a few performances. Continue reading “Masterpiece’s Oliver Twist Review: Darkness and Discordance Descend as Episode Two Fizzles”

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