Critic Consensus: War & Peace boasts sumptuous visuals and the narrative remains largely faithful to its sprawling source material, even if the pace may challenge less patient viewers and the period detail is slightly lacking.
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as Pierre Bezukhov
as Anna Pavlovna
as Natasha Rostov
as Andrei Bolkonsky
as Prince Bolkonsky
as Boris Drubetskoy
as Mademoiselle Bourienne
as Princess Marya Bolkonskaya
as Sonya Rostova
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I can't remember the last time I was so seduced by the storytelling or sublime visual power of a TV drama.
Now enter this latest version, which not only has to make its own sense of that sprawl but stand shoulder to shoulder with all those other versions. It's a wonder that it does, and then some.
Ultimately this is a production of noble ambition and grand execution; a thrilling trumpet blast for the new year.
This was fantastic to look at, generally, with mises en scène so lavish and spectacular - those palaces! - that it made today's super-rich look rubbish, made it look as if they live in back-to-backs in Bradford with outside toilets.
While Tolstoy's novel may have been a slog, there's no way anyone can be anything other than gripped and enthralled by the BBC's lavish production of War And Peace.
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