World Without End
Based on Ken Follettís novel of the same name, World Without End
is an eight-part miniseries starring Cynthia Nixon and Miranda
Richardson set in 14th century England, and follows the lives
of its citizens as their King prepares for the Hundred Yearís War
There seems to be an endless demand for historical dramas these days,
and after the success of shows like Game of Thrones itís no surprise.
Here lies the biggest problem with World Without End; is feels
like itís trying to be too much like the HBO smash hit.
source material that itís based off is far less substantial and exciting
which causes the often gratuitous violence to feel out of place and
rather surprising to see. Thereís plenty of hanging executions shown in
their full gruesome detail and a startling scene in which a soldier has
an arrow pulled out of his arm for our enjoyment. Itís certainly
impressive how they pulled off such realism in their gore but itís all
Acting is subpar throughout and the dialogue isnít much better.
Characterís reactions to particular events arenít realistic and
conversations are filled with words and slang that sounds a lot more
modern than the era the show is based on.
World Without End tries to be Game Of Thrones but ends up being
Downton Abbey instead. While certain set pieces and visual effects can
be commended the story and the characters arenít captivating whatsoever.
I can recommend this for die-hard fans of periodic dramas but thatís
about the only crowd I feel would be interested in this...unless you
like a lot of gore.