Given the run on period dramas highlighting the latter eras
(1920s – 1950s), seeing a period drama that goes back to the era of the
“rustic” beauty and charm is something of a rarity. That’s why when a re-make
of the 70s classic, Poldark was
announced, everyone was a-twitter. When teasers led to talk about its lead star
Aidan Turner, as the titular character, there was even more buzz surrounding
the production – especially when the pictures came about.
American Revolutionary war, Ross Poldark (Turner) returns home. Once back on
Cromwell’s shores, he discovers two things are about to tear his world apart.
The first is when news of his father’s death reaches him. Feeling lost and in
no hurry to return to his childhood home, he instead detours to his uncle’s
where his family is merrymaking, celebrating the one moment that shatters him –
his beloved fiancée, Elizabeth (Heida Reed) is betrothed to his cousin, Francis
(Kyle Soller). His family thought Ross was dead and in his absence, has moved
on. The only person who seems genuinely happy Ross is returned is Verity (Ruby
Bentell). Verity has lived under the oppression of her father and brother with
few joys in life, but with Ross’ return, she gains a friend back. Feeling
unwelcome among his family, Ross returns to his father’s home where he
his servants have let the place fall into disrepair. This inspires Ross to
bring the home back to its former glory and he has great plans to get the family
mines operating again. Coinciding with this is the rescue of a young girl named
Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson), whom Ross provides with safety and hires her on as
a kitchen maid. Only polite society what it is, rumors soon fly about Ross’
spitfire of an employee. Ross has greater problems when he makes enemies with a
powerful banker and though he still harbors feelings for a woman he can no
longer have, slowly Ross finds the prospect of a new love in unexpected places.
Though this Masterpiece production isn’t directly related to
the Ioan Gruffudd movie of the same name, it is a remake. The Ioan Gruffudd
movie is a kind of continuation of this family’s life. Having never seen the
earlier version (same title) of this, I don’t know how this measures up. But I
hear that the 1975 adaptation is worth seeing. I tend to *always* prefer the
newer version no matter how many adaptations I watch of the oldies, which is
why I’m not too keen on trying the Robin Ellis adaptation. That being said, I’m
glad it’s one of the good versions and I can without hesitation attest to this
version for the 21st century. In short, this series is gorgeous, breathtaking and swoon-worthy. But since
I usually have more to say than just that, I’ll continue on.
dramas we were once upon a time spoiled by. No truer statement has ever been
made. This is that and then some. The stories may be 100% different, but this
is an era and style more reminiscent of North
and South and its era of classic dramas.
Characters that are amazing and frustrating in equal parts are only one half of
the equation to this production. The other quality that coins this as a
“classic” (I’m owning that term on behalf of Poldark) is the scenery and sweeping, lush sequences. The camera
work, angles and truly breathtaking moments bumps this up on my list of
favorites. Dependent upon how future installments play out, of course. There is something unexplainable
about the expressions of love and emotion this script gets out of its
characters. Every frame, actor and situation pushes this story further into an
interesting conundrum in which we’re often afraid there’ll be no return from. The
writers write their characters into multiple fixes that seem to have no happy
solution although if we were to be honest, undermining any of them is probably
not wise counsel. That’s all I’ll say on the subject.
old-fashioned, swoony romance, which if I do say, is all classic and sophisticated
nostalgia. I adored how the romance angles played out, including Ross’
unexpected, shifting affections and respected Ross for letting himself find
happiness elsewhere, and furthermore, appreciated the writer’s not moving Ross backwards.
It’s about time a hero didn’t cheat with the former flame he can’t quite move
past. (Ps; if you need proof of the romance, check out this tweet quote.) What’s also really good is the gritty realism of this production. Couple
that with themes of heroism, honor, and loyalty and this production culminates
into something darn near perfection. It’s not all about what goes on in a ball
room. There’s a lot of politics and “gritty” drama that goes on. Anyone who is
a part of these fandoms would be missing out by not watching this. It’s currently airing in the states (Sundays on
PBS), but come Tuesday, the entire season is available on platforms like iTunes
and available on DVD or Blu Ray. Only be prepared, the ending will not only
throw you for a loop, your heart might be wrenched a bit askew in the process.
second series. These installments don’t bill themselves as a first series, but
trust me… Poldark will return to our screens. Just not soon enough.
hear your good, bad or ho-hum thoughts on Poldark.
throughout the eight episodes. Ross once spends the night with a prostitute, two
other men also avail themselves of her services. There are scenes of married
couples lying in bed together and a young woman offers herself to the man she
falls in love with; Francis attempts to make love to his wife once and is
rebuffed. Elsewhere, a married woman makes advances to a man only to eventually
get what she wants. There is some violence, and a few people die throughout the
story – including one or two due to foul play. The show would likely warrant a