Gunpowder: Miniseries ()


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Gunpowder

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Gunpowder's bulky narrative provides few new historical insights, but its engaging leads and visceral violence may be enough to leave viewers remembering the fifth of November anyway.

72%

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Critic Ratings: 25

48%

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User Ratings: 126

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  • Jul 17, 2021
    I'm a historian, and I am amazed that anyone would call this an accurate account of the Gunpowder Plot. The talky parts were tedious and often inaccurate. The gore wasn't even done right: the hanging, drawing and quartering shown in the first episode would never have happened that way (and could just as easily been done right). The pressing to death was also quite inaccurate. The movie makes it look like a fast process. I wasn't. It could take days. As for the rest of the writing, it was simply dreary. Give it a pass. (If you think I am being harsh, read Antonia Fraser's user-friendly book on the plot.)
  • Apr 03, 2021
    Much better than I expected, I just don't know why he has such a low rating from the public, by the way Kit Harington's role is good.
  • Feb 14, 2021
    GUNPOWDER is one of the best mini series I've ever seen, I don't know if the story it shows is 100% accurate but it is simply spectacular, I just don't understand why it has such a low rating in the audience.
  • Nov 06, 2020
    The true story about the 5th of November! A British historical three-part miniseries about the Gunpowder Plot in London in 1605, when tensions are high due to brutal persecution of Catholics. Robert Catesby, portrayed by Kit Harington (who is actually his direct descendant), a dissatisfied Catholic nobleman devises a literally explosive plot, along with the infamous foreign mercenary Guy Fawkes and a group of English Catholic traitors, to kill King James I when he sits in the houses of Parliament. It is a very educational, accurate and well-acted drama, with entertaining, action-packed sequences as well as some tedious talky scenes. It is also incredibly realistic in its depiction of torture and disembowelments.
  • Apr 04, 2019
    I think this show is so bad in so many ways, I was really surprised reading previous reviews. "Deadly boring" is probably its biggest problem, but I've seen high school plays that seemed like a professional production in comparison. I don't know how small their budget is, but some constumes look like they are Halloween store quality, and scenography can be almost comical - like 3 chairs set up in front of a red curtain hanging on a pole. Why actors are talking to each other facing forward, as they are on the theater stage, instead of facing each other? I suspect the hat this show will be the end of Kit's heart rob status, as he looks about 4ft tall in every shot. I know that he is very small (I've seen him in person and there is no way his bio information is accurate- he's 5'6 at best), but that's something that was skillfully disguised for the most part in the GOT. If you're watching it because you miss Jon Snow, you won't be disappointed- he brings back his signature glossy eyes and "something smells bad" frown so you can indulge in it in every single scene.
  • Apr 25, 2018
    it was drag to pull it through 3 episodes with no episode really begging me to finish and go on to the next. some parts just had me preferring to browse on my phone than pay attention. in the end, it was a story about unprepared, unsuccessful misfits having no consequence on the course of history.
  • Feb 02, 2018
    Very few historical dramas are done as I think they should be, but Gunpowder just nailed it. In terms of how it played on screen, I deeply appreciated the writing and presentation of the story. The violence was as harsh as it needed to be (it depicted real stories and common forms of torture for the time period), but no harsher (they could have justified putting more brutal violence, but they didn't, because it wasn't necessary. They weren't just having fun filming torture scenes). Where it goes above and beyond though, is historical accuracy. The depictions of all of the major characters and players were spot on. Cecil, James, Catesby, Thomas Percy, and of course Guy Fawkes. I've never seen a show that did a better job of bringing real people to life. I mean it, never. Also, there are parts of the Gunpowder Plot which remain somewhat subject to interpretation, like the Earl of Northumberland's level of involvement. The show was written with enough of an eye to history that they offered an extremely likely interpretation of those aspects of the story. Plus, they got some of the details that could have been missed, things like Thomas Percy and Robert Catesby being killed by the same musket ball. Plus, they managed to depict the politics of the time, without losing focus on the Plot itself. As a history buff, I am just in awe of how well this series was done. After watching one historical drama after another fall flat, or fail to capture the spirit of the time, this is one that went above and beyond anything I could have hoped for.
  • Jan 05, 2018
    Historically accurate in its graphic depiction of 17th Century religious persecution, thoughtfully woven with its tense, well-paced cat-and-mouse game. The heart of the series is Anne Vaux, the only grounded person in the midst of the fanatical heretics. Mark Gatiss is splendidly cold and calculating in his efforts to stop Catesby and his loyal henchman is darkly brilliant. Kit Harington himself brings a desperation and a sense of death-worship in his martyrdom. He wants to die, he knows he's going to die, and wants to go out with a bang. But despite that, one can't help to root for him...almost. Tom Cullen brings to life Guy Fawkes as a man of action, not words. Though one wishes there would've been more time to flesh out the relationships especially that of Catesby and his son, a solid, well-played out drama about a poignant piece of dark history.
  • Dec 28, 2017
    The first 30 minutes are "people trying to find other people hiding in a room." 30 minutes. I'm surprised a anyone who makes it passed even that.
  • Dec 27, 2017
    it's beautiful, but it's all style no substance

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