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”

Masterpiece’s Oliver Twist Goes Over to the Darkside: Review of Episode One

Masterpiece's Oliver Twist (2007)

You can knock that silly notion right out of your head that Oliver Twist is a toe tapping cheery musical with the cute blonde kid — cuz it ain’t no more.  Not after viewiOliver the musical (1968)ng the new Masterpiece Classic version of Oliver Twist presented last night on PBS. There’s no mistakin’ this 2007 BBC adaptation by Sarah Phelps of Charles Dickens classic 1839 novel with the Oscar winning best picture of 1968 – not for one bloody minute. This latest vision of London lowlife by director Coky Giedroyc is a startling contrast to the sugar coated confection crafted by Oscar winning director Carol Reed. Everything about this new production oozes retched poverty and human misery coated in a thick layer of filth, and I think the social activist in Dickens would wholeheartedly approve! If you missed the first episode, be sure to bring your torch to light your way through the dark and dank underbelly of Victorian England and view it online at the Masterpiece website February 16th  – March 2nd. Continue reading “Masterpiece’s Oliver Twist Goes Over to the Darkside: Review of Episode One”

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