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In this scattershot adaptation, all you can see is an eclipse of something that's probably quite beautiful when it is full.
The twists and turns of The Luminaries are mild, and despite a textbook-level satisfactory conclusion to these many narrative threads, the emotions never quite come through.
The plot's lack of confidence notwithstanding, for some people Green's presence may provide enough reason to drift along from one beautiful sight to the next, unconcerned as to where it's all leading.
It's remarkable that the miniseries, which distills a novel of more than 800 pages to just six hours of screen time, retains such thematic depth.
The show has a certain rigid clumsiness in taking on complicated source material that does not serve it well. Despite engaging lead performances and attention to visual detail, The Luminaries never lights up.
The Luminaries is worth your time on a lazy Sunday, but maybe not for an exciting Friday night binge.
All told, The Luminaries is a beautifully acted, good-looking, and unfortunately forgettable adventure.
While the show's murder mystery is gussied up with mystical mumbo jumbo and a complicated presentation, these things amount to very little, ultimately resulting in an exasperating and uneven viewing experience.
For its literary heritage and cast alone, the series is definitely worth checking out, but make sure you tape it so you can hit the rewind button often to figure out what the hell is going on.
The three leads, Patel, Hewson and Green, all do good jobs with their roles, but the show just feels like it's going to wander in the wilderness like the delirious Anna before it figures out where to go.
Audience Reviews for The Luminaries: Season 1
Mar 18, 2021The way they jump around in time leads to a disjointed handling of the story. They attempt to make it more of a mystery but end of leaving it feel disjointed.