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If what you want is to be engaged -- to be sucked into a story completely, enveloped by another time and place -- then [World on Fire] might be just the ticket.
"World on Fire" offers a more intimate exploration of wartime life than is typically portrayed in World War II dramas.
The world is spinning out of control in "World on Fire," and, at moments, so are the many story lines.
It's unwise to judge on one episode, but World On Fire wears its ambition confidently. It looks expensive and beautiful, with its overcoats and hats and steam trains.
It's deeply haunting. It's a remarkable form of storytelling [too]; from different sides, different locations, people from different classes [and] sexualities.
World on Fire is, at times, unbelievably cheesy - but the characters' broad strokes make for high-drama entry points into the true horrors of the historical narrative.
World on Fire offers a rational and intriguing orientation toward titanic historical events, which, one hopes, will only encourage the viewer to look more searchingly into the upheavals of the past century.
A shame, really, because the build-up to World War II and the war itself are usually fertile grounds for excellent drama. This one doesn't hold up, sorry to say.
Sean Bean has made a career out of playing noble leaders like Boromir in Lord of the Rings. But he's wonderful here as a working-class pacifist whose mind World War I shattered.
Certainly a character-driven drama, but those characters, and the fine performances that shape them, are more than enough to work through the disjointed first episode and see where their lives go as World War II grows in scope and danger.
It's kind of cool to have this sort of story back on TV, an old-school format that follows disparate characters in desperate times.
Audience Reviews for World on Fire: Series 1
May 18, 2021First episode started ok, but then quickly got worse like most BBC productions was hampered by an unrealistic modern ‘diversity' agenda instead of telling a compelling story.
Jan 03, 2021Started really well, but the telltale signs of BBC scriptwriters appear stronger and stronger as you progress. The narrative of the outbreak of World War Two soon becomes just an opportunity to make clumsy and two-dimensional points about race, sexuality and equality. All of which are important, but I'm more interested in just a good story, please. The dialogue of the British soldiers, and their scenes generally, is amateurish. Really disappointing.
Dec 17, 2020Deception of beginning of WWII in the show is total joke. They should have hired some history expert to make it more realistic. But what do you expect from UK - they betrayed together with France Poland in 1939 thus there is zero reason for them to be truthful about how it went in 1939. Most scenes would make sense if they were a bit re-arranged. For example, chase of Kasia by Germans in Warsaw could have occurred *after* surrender of the city, not before. Warsaw surrendered as well as many other defensive positions due to the fact allies were not coming to help - thus there was no sense of fighting. Officers may have committed suicide to die with honor but no one wanted to sacrifice regular soldiers or civilians for lost cause.
Jul 17, 2020So bad that I was hoping the Germans would win just so the show would end.
May 21, 2020Given the topic (life as it entered WWII) there was so much potential but they ended up with half-baked story lines. Really? A Polish young man could walk from Warsaw through German lines, across Germany, through German lines, through British lines to then walk onto the beach of Dunkirk. This and other stray story lines made up this high budget romp.
May 19, 2020I hate Nazis! How did the world let them get so far?
May 14, 2020Great action filled soap opera set to ww2
May 11, 2020It seems like it's purpose is to impose present day sensibilities on the real world of the 1940's, rather than tell an interesting story about World War II from a different perspective.
May 04, 2020Moves much too slowly. Many, though not all, of the main characters (Harry Chase, Tom Bennett, Lois Bennett, Douglas Bennett, Stan Raddings), sound inaudible as if they are mumbling, and I have never experienced this in decades of watching British television, having heard every class accent...Not enough movement in the story line either.
May 04, 2020Love watching it every Sunday!