Mildred Pierce (2011)
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Critic Reviews for Mildred Pierce
What can you say about an HBO miniseries adapted from a 1941 novel that follows the rise and fall of an independent woman during the Great Depression? Let's try "perfection," which is what director Todd Haynes achieves in his loyal, lyrical adaptation.
[Haynes'] painstaking effort to restore every brushstroke of the author's original story paints over the ambiguities of class and social ambition that play out within the Pierce family dynamic.
The miniseries is far more faithful to the tawdry class shenanigans of Cain's novel than any of the author's characters are to each other.
Gorgeous and brilliantly performed as it is, Mildred Pierce's languid pacing and strict adherence to James M. Cain's novel might have been an admirable concept, but doesn't necessarily make for good cinema and possibly even worse television.
Audience Reviews for Mildred Pierce
Even at the extended length this is a mere patch on the classic Joan Crawford noir. Kate Winslet is a great actress, assuredly a more accomplished thespian than Crawford but the part fit Joan like a glove but by hewing so close to the novel this refocuses the drama in too many directions and loses the impact of any of them. Another problem is the part of Veda. The casting of two actresses minimizes the impact of the role for a start and the portrayals of both actresses while not bad can not possibly compete with the cancerous, psychopatic venality of Ann Blyth's pit viper in the original. It's bandbox pretty in the attention to detail of the sets but overall lacking a certain something...glamour? a proper consistent mood? to make it compelling that the Crawford film pulled off effortlessly.
Think I liked the movie better, but this tv series is pretty good. Though Kate is not Joan, she does a reasonable job here. That daughter is truly awful - another good argument for not having kids ever!!!
Top quality miniseries with great performances by all. If you can get over the outdated morality tale -- that women who try to make it in a man's world have to suffer mightily for the privilege -- this is a decent watch. I wasn't sure, however, if I was supposed to like Mildred, feel sorry for her or throw things at the screen for all the foolish choices she made...particularly concerning her selfish, vicious daughter Veda. This issue I struggled with, but, all in all I thought that this was well done.
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