Mary Poppins Returns
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Birdsong burrows down into the individual stories and dreams that die on these killing fields, and in that sense it is terribly sad.
Birdsong doesn't really have a feel for the loss of control that comes with romantic passion, but it does shamelessness like a Hollywood pro.
All told, Birdsong hums a pretty but not particularly memorable tune.
Birdsong is essentially an epic romance intensified by its backdrop of all-consuming disaster, a Titanic with a much bigger iceberg, but if you love the book this TV incarnation ought to hit the spot.
Birdsong may have a difficult job in trying to match the strength of Faulks' descriptive prose and his evocation of the degradation of human life, but it comes as close as you could imagine an adaptation might.
The BBC, then, have done something important - they have made an elegiac, lyrical film (that is better than Spielberg's War Horse) with which the next generation can associate the war. It aspires to the sentiments of the war poets.
Birdsong is remarkable. Unsettling, visceral, a shell-shocked fug of love, loss, then more loss, then the brink of despair, with anything leftthen battered and blown up again.
It is 1916. Like many other young Englishmen, Stephen Wraysford(Eddie Redmayne) is serving his country in the trenches of France. Unlike many others, he is an officer. That entitles him to his own space, along with threatening a soldier with court martial for dereliction of duty and complaining to another officer about his soldiers being used to guard tunnel diggers, especially after one drowns.
It is 1910. 20-year old Stephen has traveled to France to inspect the factory of Rene Azaire(Laurent Lafitte). One day, Stephen spies Rene's younger wife Isabelle(Clemence Poesy) bringing food to striking workers.
Even though it has nothing really new to say about its none too subtly expressed themes of the randomness of war, there are still things to appreciate about "Birdsong." First, there is Eddie Redmayne which is very important. Then, there is the sensual love affair which works to help illustrate the movie's contrast between peace and war in early 20th century France.
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