Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (on DVD)

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell [DVD Jonathan]

This is a seven-episode mini-series adaptation of the hugely popular 2005 novel of the same name, by Susanna Clarke. The nutshell version of the plot is that magic appears to have died out in England by the time of the Napoleonic Wars, until one of its last practitioners takes on a brash young apprentice with new ideas, philosophies and a lot of attitude. Their eventual conflicts bring the use of magic in England back to a head, with dramatic results. This BBC adaptation is lush in detail, with terrific performances from the entire cast, particularly Bertie Carvel as Strange and Eddie Marsan as Norrell. Costumes, set-design, make-up and special effects are all top-notch. If you loved the book, definitely give this mini-series a look. If you’ve never read the book, this is still worth a look, although I’d recommend the book before this DVD set. One final note — this DVD set has a nice featurette on “The Making of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” — definitely worth watching!

[Also available in traditional print format.] [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (TV series) web site ]

Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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