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Beautiful production. Good acting. The story was ridiculous and more than a little boring.
I usually love BBC period dramas, and they rarely disappoint me. This one did. This mini series is a tale of contemporary issues set in Amsterdam what looks to be the 1600's. Great job in the setting and clothes, but, a confusing story(to put it kindly) that is not believable. I almost did not finish it, and will never watch again.
This was quite interesting, although things weren't clearly explained at the end. I think it would have benefited from being made as four or five parts instead of limiting it to three.
After so much buzz surrounding the book (which I couldn't get into) I was really excited to see this miniseries. At the end if the series I wondered why anyone liked the book, I was glad I didn't invest the time into reading it. The characters were great but it was all a horrible tragedy that ends with a big "What?!?" So while the series was enjoyable to watch, the plot left me upset. I wouldn't recommend to anyone unless they love tragedies.
There are good things here: terrific period costumes and lighting plus strong performances from Alex Hassell and Romola Garai. The locations are not authentic Amsterdam, but the green screen work (which makes use of the canals and the Pieterskerk in Leiden) is good enough to make it appear that way. The problems are twofold: the screenplay, which compresses the plot and pushes the action along too quickly; and the rather flat central figure of Petronella Oortman, played by Anya Taylor-Joy. Her transition from a clueless blonde meisje uit het platteland to a city-smart gal who accepts her husband's homosexuality and eventually takes over his business is not convincing. But the producers no doubt wanted to foreground the themes of repressed sexuality and strong woman to appeal to a contemporary audience. It's worth watching, but it could have been much better if the 'message' aspect had not been so intrusive.
While there is good acting (afterall, it's BBC), it is slow, dark and gloomy. This is not a movie to watch if you are subject to low moods. I made the mistake of watching it Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It probably would have played better on a large screen. With all the challenges we have now in present day US, at least we're not living with the ignorance and superstition of the 17th Century.
On the whole, it was a pleasant experience watching The Miniaturist. I would recommend it.
The story is enticing - a mystery, but not a whodunit. The period costumes of the Netherlands were done well and the miniatures cleverly crafted.
However, the story is rather slow moving at times especially in the first 2 episodes, and the interior of the home gloomy and poorly lit throughout the episodes making the rich interior decor a waste of time.
Does the story end after 3 episodes? It should not but it does. At the end of third episode, I expected another episode just to bring clarity as to why the miniatures were made by the strange willowy wispy woman with mesmerizing eyes and why she sent them the way she did, even when not asked. She was not a convincing character when she does speak up...
Not a neat finish!
A BBC three-part miniseries that tells the story of a lavish house, full of mysteries and innuendoes, of a rich Dutch Merchant who marries a young, beautiful but poor aristocratic lady set in 17th Century Amsterdam. The prosperous Dutch merchant must navigate the complex world of high society, appearances, guilds, imported perishable goods, Calvinism, an overbearing live-in sister, and the blurring line between friends and enemies. He purchases a doll's house which is an exact replica of his home to keep his young wife busy furnishing its empty rooms with her heart's desire.
I wanted to like this series. It's three hours of great costumes, dark sets and lots of door slamming with a little bit of plot thrown in just wasn't that captivating.
Bizarre and not in an interesting way. I couldn't finish it, despite the adorable dresses & furniture.
Is a time when religious zealots ran the government and could pronounce sugar the worst drug to plague mankind (you can imagine the mirror image today) a gay man is ruined by a woman who hates his sister, a marriage is ruined by forces beyond the couple, and the Church works to destroy any person who doesn't bend to the "voice of God." Racial prejudice, homophobia, religious frenzy, corrupt courts, social stigma, and oh so much more that has not changes in 300 years. Please watch this.
Strange is a good descriptor. Pro-gay, anti-church tale of how people's lives are ruined by racism, homophobia, and religious hysteria. Probably the worst negative reviews are really about the fact that in the story women are the seat of power.
Strange, dark and depressing. Watched all 3 parts because I wanted to see the outcome. Did not end well for anyone.
This 3-episode BBC TV Mini-Series is based on the book by Jessie Burton (which the NVDPL carries in both LPF and F). It is a very unusual story set in seventeenth century Amsterdam. At times it is eerie, dark, sad, and disturbing; however, it is also beautiful and uplifting. Petronella shows remarkable character and strength for a young girl who discovers her husband is very different from other husbands. I wasn't too impressed with some of Johannes's actions but it is difficult not to sympathize with him.
Well, I was expecting better, and was greatly disturbed by content in part one, so did not complete the viewing.
The Miniaturist is an addictive three part series about a young newly married woman, her mysterious husband, an overbearing sister-in-law and a house for of secrets in 1680s Amsterdam.