I could not take my eyes off of the first two episodes... I divorced and had a hard breakup, I just recognised so many of memories... it was intense, painful sometimes.I guess many of us can see her/himself in these situations, happened to us before and will, undoubtedly.We are not alone in this.If you are young, never been in a serious relationship or married before, you shouldn't watch it.
Just finished 2 episodes of this remake. It is mesmerizing: the acting is positively incredible! And given this level of acting, the director must also be complimented. The characters are so real and fleshed out. The whole cast is amazing, riveting. The adaptation from the original Bergman film/series is also brilliant. The cinematography is masterful. I couldn't take my eyes off of each and every scene. The sets and location shots are positively dazzling.
Clearly this show is too mature and a lot of these bad reviews clearly don't have the mental capacity to follow it.
As "Scenes From a Marriage" (2021 release; 5 episodes of about 57 min each) opens with Episode 1 "Innocence & Panic", Jessica Chastain arrives on the set, and immediately slips into the Mira character (putting on a wedding band for good measure), looking frankly sullen if not depressed. Mira and her husband Jonathan have agreed to be interviewed by a PH. D student doing her thesis on gender studies, and it's not long before Mira and Jonathan are confronted with difficult questions about the status of their marriage... At this point we are 10 min into Episode 1.Couple of comments: this is a remake of the 1973 Swedish mini-series (and later a movie) from the legendary Ingmar Bergman. What is striking is how faithful Episode 1 of this remake is to Episode 1 of the 1973 series. Almost scene by scene, with the same story line, only now it has been transposed to today's US instead of the early 70s' Sweden. The remake is driven by Hagai Levi, the Israeli writer-producer-director who most recently gave us the excellent mini-series "Our Boys". The remake stands or falls with how well the two lead characters do, and on that end we are in for a treat. Both Oscar Isaac as Jonathan and Jessica Chastain (a late replacement for Michelle Williams) as Mira and in top form. The pace of Episode 1 is slow but deliberate, and feels very much theater-like. If you've seen the original Swedish series (or the subsequent movie), you know very much what to expect."Scenes From a Marriage" premiered this weekend on HBO, and Episode 1 is now available on HBO On Demand, HBO Max, and Amazon Instant Video. New episodes air Sunday evenings at 9 pm Eastern. If you are in the mood for something lighthearted, I'd caution you that maybe you should watch something else. If on the other hand you are in the mood for a heavy duty psychological couples drama, I'd readily suggest you check this out, and draw your own conclusion.*UPDATE 9/20/21* I saw episode 2 last night. It opens with a bombshell confession by Mira, from which we the viewers are reeling the rest of the episode, right along with Jonathan. Hold on to your (emotional) seats!
Both Jessica and Oscar are so eye opening so amazing making these 2 characters so alive so genuine so far this is a definitely amazing show GOOD JOB HBO!!!
He is a philosophy professor who does not know the difference between description and definition. She is some high end tech exec with the decisiveness of a paper bag. They are emotionally stunted and cannot handle anything. They are monsters of entitlement and what does this have to do with Bergman (not that he was not a monster of entitlement, but his characters were a bit better thought through)
If you ever wonder why we are divided as a county just watch the first episode. People like this actually exist and only travel in their own circle. They way they communicate, how they speak and what they feel is important is baffling to the average American. The acting is very good but I 100% can't and wouldn't want to be alone with these people.
I had my hopes up. Good cast, HBO, all that. Have to admit, I dont know the original, but maybe that's a plus sometimes. Got snacks, a drink ready to immerse myself in hopefully a future classic. It started alright, acting was great, cinematography good, nothing wrong there. But after a while, during the dinner with friends scene I was getting more and more annoyed. I just didnt care for these people and I thought they were adults behaving like emotionally underdeveloped, egotistical highschoolers. And yes, some people are like that, fair enough, but why would I watch that voluntairaly in my spare time?Now usually there is an overarching plot, a developing story that gives you at least a reason to keep watching. Nothing like that here, just people complaining how hard it all is for them without any respite. Now I dont care if this is true to the original or not. Darn, that series was from 1973 so I feel its completely fair to judge this product on its own merit, and after 40 minutes I really couldnt think of a reason to keep watching this and turned it off.
Not fully sure yet what to think but it's definitely not a 3 like someone like else reviewed it. Oscar Isaac is easily one of my favorite actors so that already got me interested before release he's perfect for a drama series like this! The writing and acting seems smooth; might not get enough appreciation but I think it's got a glorious start that deserves a chance. HBO hardly ever has a bad series in my opinion and impossible for them to be over the top unless it was deliberate like a comedy regardless I love the pilot!
Another bland Hollywood melodramatic series that has no identity. The acting is fine but I feel like this show is that teenager who read their first Poe snippet and now thinks that they're deeper than the ocean.This show is shallow. It lacks perception. It takes itself WAY too seriously without offering any substance in the characters. Was expecting so much more and left empty. Not sure what others are watching to give a 7.9 right now.