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Flesh and Bone, from Emmy-winning Moira Walley-Beckett, is watchable and often captivating.
Portentous and pretentious, Starz's new prestige drama Flesh and Bone, about the cutthroat world of ballet, could have been watchable had it fully embraced the camp into which it occasionally pirouettes.
Unfortunately the end result is a cast of supporting characters that fall flat without the proper development, and a lead that never quite opens up to the audience.
To be fair, there are some beautiful dance sequences with graceful moves that are gloriously lit, complete with soaring music, but on the whole, Flesh and Bone tries oh so hard to be dark and moody and brooding that it overloads on those elements.
There is rivalry, sexual harassment and pole dancing. A schizophrenic homeless man sometimes seems like the most well-balanced character. All this is frequently hard to watch, but also impossibly addictive... breaking away proved difficult.
At eight 60-minute-long episodes, it's hopelessly and frustratingly padded. Walley-Beckett's point is still hard to discern, but whatever it is, it's not worth the time.
Outside of the dancing, thereÂ's very little about this show that is especially pretty, and yet it still makes for riveting television.
Fledgling actress Sarah Hay shines as a troubled young ballerina on the cusp of stardom.
All in all, there's a lot to recommend here, especially if the world of ballet fascinates or remotely interests you, but possibly even if it doesn't that much.
Flesh and Bone may not focus solely on ballet, but it's still an artistic achievement in both performance and execution.
This drama is uncommonly wise in the ways a naive, frightened young girl might feel, and how she might be able to stretch and grow once ridding herself of some past baggage.
Ironically, given its fleet-footed subjects, Flesh and Bone is one of the most ungainly dramas to come along in quite some time, letting far too many of its narrative spinning plates come crashing down after eight protracted hours.
Audience Reviews for Flesh and Bone: Season 1
Dec 20, 2020It's a heavy series, but so well done. Acting and dancing all perfect.
Dec 12, 2020Flesh and bone is probably the only ballet serie that "coregraphly" it's EXCELLENT, but the lake of coherence in their character's personalities and general trama jeopardise what the legitimate behind the scenes of ballet really is.
Aug 28, 2020I was excited after the 1st episode. After that it was downhill. The heroine should have had way more backbone, grit, toughness and survival skills. She didn't. In the 1st episode we learn that Claire had a disturbing past with an abusive brother who was way too much into her. I thought, great! That would have, should have been the crucible which formed a very tough, self reliant fighter... somebody who could deal with her art director at the American ballet company who was a narcissist, and extremely abusive person towards his dancers.What we get here is an oldy moldy hackneyed theme of women being used and abused. She was easily manipulated and it was just plain nauseatingly. You could tell it was directed by men.
Jul 15, 2019I feel like I wasted my time with this show. I thought it was going to get better. Maybe even be an allegory for sexual assault or the rich versus the poor but it didn't make it's point. It was gross and disgusting her falling in love with her brother. There are better ways to portray something and this just fell flat.
Jul 28, 2018Bizarre, dark, and basic. Good dancing
Aug 07, 2017I keep watching this for the ballet sequences and the dance story but the narrative of ths series constantly diverges into melodramatic soap and gratuitous sex scenes. This show is so badly written I was dumbfounded to discover the same person wrote the Ozymandias epiosde of Breaking Bad.
Mar 22, 2017Love it! Ballet 5 stars
Jun 26, 2016Elegant, mysterious, well acted and brilliantly danced.
Jan 18, 2016This slickly-made mini series has beautiful actors, excellent photography, fine direction, and some nicely staged ballet. But the soap opera storyline is preposterous and to call this "a realistic portrayal of a professional ballet company" is ignorant and insulting to the ballet world.
Jan 10, 2016It's Awesome - if you like ballet in anyway you will like Flesh and Bone