Critic Consensus: A powerfully impressive -- and still relevant -- update on a television classic, Roots boasts remarkable performances, deep emotion, and occasionally jarring beauty.
Tv Season Info
as Alex Haley
as Nancy Holt
as Tom Lea
as Dr. William Waller
as John Waller
as Chicken George
as Kunta Kinte
News & Interviews for Roots: Miniseries
The History network, in on-air partnership with Lifetime and A&E, has brought forth a Roots that stands tall on its own, but without surpassing the production that once gripped a nation and should still be seen by viewers of all ages.
Wisely, Haley bought the rights back and decided the story needed the canvas that only TV can offer. It makes for fuller presentation and a larger audience. He made a wise choice, and so did ABC in showing it on consecutive nights.
Highlights -- a queasy word to use here -- include a revolt on the slave ship and the flogging of Kinte to make him acknowledge his new English name.
As Kunta/Toby, Malachi Kirby has a magnetic presence and brilliantly negotiates the transition from foolish young pup to stern rebel who makes his bid for freedom on a white charger. He's the most compelling reason to keep faith with this new adaptation.
Whether you're a proponent or a critic of the new Roots, it's unlikely you'll quickly shake the image of Malachi Kirby's burning rage-filled eyes.
Just as the original Roots had a powerful emotional impact on Americans, the new one is likely to do so as well, especially given that questions of race are at the forefront of discussion as much now as ever.
Audience Reviews for Roots: Miniseries
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