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Picnic at Hanging Rock: Miniseries (2018)
Critic Consensus: Natalie Dormer charms in Picnic at Hanging Rock, a stylish retelling of an Australian classic -- though convoluted sub-plots at times distract from its otherwise tantalizing delights.
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If Weir's film was a romantic, surreal, shimmering mystery-Twin Peaks by way of John Keats-the new Hanging Rock is a more Gothic work of horror, revealing the rot that permeates the blooms of the Victorian bouquet.
The story centers around the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine's Day in 1900 and the subsequent investigation, covering its impact on students, families and staff.
[Natalie] Dormer is the best thing about "Picnic at Hanging Rock..." But she's not the only worthwhile aspect of the miniseries, even if the story may be a bit overextended at six hours.
Sadly, this feels unlikely to be a Handmaid's Tale-level hit for Amazon, for while it's solid enough to warrant a look, it's also a bit too inconsistent and bloated to rise above the crowd.
The magic of Picnic at Hanging Rock lies in the not knowing, a sort of withheld resolution that nudged other open-ended stories, such as Twin Peaks, from works of art to genuine masterpieces.
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