This Todd Haynes directed mini-series has the look and production values (and presumably the budget), but not the soul. I wanted to view the original, since I have not seen it in ages. But it was nowhere to be had. It’s said that this is a very faithful adaptation of James M. Cain’s novel. If so, what a meller!
The acting has gotten great praise. I beg to differ, in that both Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood appear to be chewing up the scenery (with Wood spitting it out). Guy Pearce must have had a hell of a lot of fun acting in this one, but it wasn’t particularly fun watching him having fun. Let’s see. Let’s see….Oh, I’d give Melissa Leo an A+, ok babe?
The bootstraps rise of Mildred Pierce post-depression is a revealing portrait, but the adjunct story of the daughter is just over the top for me. It’s just never clear how they could have raised such a monster. Or why she was that way. I guess this is a criticism of the novel, not of the mini-series. And monster she is. Though Mildred never seems to grasp that fact. Mothers love, I guess.
Sorely disappointed in this one, though it was a treat to look at.