Monday, March 06, 2006

'Bleak' elements, but a transcendent story

Just finished watching the conclusion to the PBS/BBC miniseries "Bleak House" from Masterpiece Theater, adapted by Andrew Davies, he of the famous '95 "Pride and Prejudice." I have always loved Dickens, especially A Christmas Carol, but this story was just sensational. So rich: With characters that make you care, especially the deeply sympathetic Esther, who is the heart of the narrative. With great lines and passages. With sharply rendered names. With touching moments. With heartrending ones too. With piercing commentary about the choices you make in life. With the notion that — cliche as it may be — we are defined less by what we're given than what we do with it.

If/when this adaptation comes out on DVD, it's a must-see.

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