Friday, June 29, 2007

Jekyll is a crazy ride!

I caught the first two episodes of BBC ONE's new postmodern take on Robert Louis Stevenson's novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Jekyll online yesterday and I have to say that I was highly impressed.

Set in modern London, Jekyll is not a adaptation of the novel, but a strange continuation, tying the new Dr. Jekyll to Stephenson's cursed scientist.

James Nesbitt plays both Jekyll and Hyde, switching back and forth with little make-up. Nesbitt relies on facial expression, body movements, voice, and a brilliant grasp on the primal attitude of the character.

Jekyll juggles a complex plot and personal relationships well, taking the time to show the horror that a man with the power and the lack of control to be a monster can do at the same time we root for him against the people that want to control and support his curse.

I'll be watching the whole six episode miniseries and if you can find it online (try a torrent site), you should check it out as well.

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