Posted by Neuromancer on November 04, 1997 at 17:15:08:
In Reply to: Re: Pete Postlethwaite posted by Joe Hinson on November 04, 1997 at 16:32:18:
I must make an honest confession here, I loved the series when I first saw it, and have read almost all of Bernard Cornwell (sp?) original novels (with the exception of Sharpe's Devil, and the recent Sharpe's Tiger).
So I really liked the series as well, however, in my 'not so' humble opinion [that makes a change doesn't it ;-)], it got a bit repetative after a while. I liked it so much, that I absorbed everything that I could get my hands on concerning it.
However, I think that I over did it a bit. I had enough after a while and 'tired' of it. I think that some of the later adaptations for the scren could have been done better.
I suspect that I was a bit harsh on the cast, Sean Bean has always put out an outstanding performance, from Clear & present Danger, Golden Eye all the way to Sharpe.
Now that you mention it, I can't think of anyone better suited for the role; and Daragh O'Malley is Sgt. Harper for me. The casting was very well done, but I don't think that my opinion of some of the plot devices and themes of the series stand as high.
What drove me up the wall was the way that Sharpe always seemed to get leading lady, only to be dumped by her in favour of some absurd aristocrat from London for inexplicable reason that is only vaguely alluded to. This is epitomised when Fredrickson (sp?), falls for the French girl, only for her to run of with Sharpe at the end.
If I had realised that you felt so strongly on the matter, I wouldn't have said anything of the sort. Also, in retrospect, I cannot justify my rather harsh assessment of the series. The books were all in all very interesting, and made up for what the Television series lacked.
I hope this presents a more balanced view, but I really LOVED Postlethwaite's performance, from the twitch in the neck, to the perfect representation of insanity…
I hope that you can forgive me!
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