Watchseries; The original "The Staircase" on Netflix was the French documentary they refer to in this series. It makes you appreciate the acting in this series. Excellent job on telling this side of the story.
The original "The Staircase" on Netflix was the French documentary they refer to in this series. It makes you appreciate the acting in this series. Excellent job on telling this side of the story.
The Staircase watchseries. Colin Firth nails the portrayal of Mike Peterson. I have watched the documentary on Netflix several times and he absolutely captures the nuances and mannerisms of Peterson.I would say too, it's great to Kathleen alive (in fiction of course). There were some videos shown during the documentary, but having someone portray here alive in Toni Collette is amazing.I don't see the kids doing as well in their roles except Martha, who through three episodes really reminds me of the real version.The guy playing Jim Hardin, Cullen Moss, has nailed his character too. He sounds just like Hardin when he talks, meanwhile Parker Posey not so much. As Freda Black she thus far is portraying a somewhat warm individual. In real like Freda was an awfully angry and aggressive person.Overall though, I think they're doing a great job through episodes. The house looks identical, the staircase certainly does. It's intriguing to get taken back into this world. My world to an extent. I am from North Carolina where this all occurred. Definitely watch this show.
Stuck it out half way thru and it was boring and very confusing. Good casting, good acting, not much of a script. Good luck on making it all the way to the end. One of those that jumps around and doesn't clue you in to the characters very well.
Quick early review, it's well written enough so far that I'm already thinking 'man, I need to know how this ends', bring in the UK I have no idea how it ended which is great. The performances thus far are on point although the cast is huge and some characters are so far really underdeveloped (I didn't realise GofT Sophie Turner was even in it. But with it shot like a Southern version of Mayor of Easttown that's enough for me. I'll do the lot and probably be (pray I don't) let down by the last episode.
After 2 episodes I am giving up on this version of The Staircase. Colin Firth and Toni Collette were a big part of my decision to watch and they are good with what they've been given. Sadly it is everything else that pulls this mini-series down. The lighting is an eye strain, cinematography as a whole is not up to par. Generally I don't mind a story that is told switching between past and present, but this narrative cannot pull that off. Very off-putting. At the end of two episodes I still am not entirely certain how all the children and family members are related.The scene in episode 1 where the camera pans back and forth and upside down between the cars driving to the police station at night was just awful.I wish the writers had spent episode 1 totally on establishing the characters, more of the situation, etc. Then the rest of the episodes could have bounced between years to weave in all the details.Many of the angles shot are bizarre with no need to be. Sadly this is just a hot mess.
Have been following this story since the original trial. My impression so far is the set decorations, especially the house, is spot on. The cast, the always phenomenal Toni Collette and exceptional Colin Firth are excellent. Supporting cast portrays their roles true to their characters. In my mind's eye I'm watching the show unfold as if I'm seeing the actual victims. The writer's had a lot to work with starting with the trial transcripts and the French documentary The Staircase, so the show feels very real.