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16 June 2009 @ 04:49 pm
Blame it on the Media ..  
Due to the many positive reviews that I've stumbled across during the last couple of days, I've gotten quite interested in watching State of Play's US movie adaption. Surely one of those cases where curiosity will win over better knowledge, but I'd really like to see how the original mini series' plot and characters are being transformed to fit with the much shorter amount of screen time.

As for the actors...

Am I crazy if I think that the American cast list actually sounds promising makes sense, even though Crowe and Afflek appear to be the complete anti-thesis to their British counterparts?
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Karenquiller77 on June 17th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
I'd like to see the British show, too. It's available through Amazon so just maybe ...

Hubby & I saw the movie. We enjoyed it. I thought it was good casting.
Bimo: DRD_bewarebimo on June 20th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
I went to see the movie version on Friday and was quite surprised by how much I actually enjoyed Russel Crowe's performance. His interpretation of Cal McAffrey is just on the right side of sleaziness, methinks.

Also, it was fascinating to see which of the many, many characters and narrative strands of the original tv version got either left out, condensed or otherwise simplified. I must say though, that while I found some of the script writers decisions quite brilliant, others downright annoyed me because they struck me as plain lazy. For example, the tv version went out of its way to establish Deshaun Stagg, the kid who stole the killer's suitcase, as an individual, who, while criminal, also left a grieving mother and brother behind. The movie, in contrast, just employed the cliché of "the hopeless black drug addict".

I'd like to see the British show, too. It's available through Amazon so just maybe ...

The TV show is highly recommendable. Very strong, very nuanced ensemble piece with fabulous character dynamics at work, not only between the main protagonists, but also with regard to the supporting roles. As David Morrissey (Stephen Collins on tv, also the superior actor) gets far more screen time than Ben Afflek does, the revelation at the end is all the more shocking.

Here's a brief trailer for the DVD release that I found on Youtube :-)