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Black Earth Rising Review 2018 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Stars:John Goodman, Michaela Coel, Noma Dumezweni
Review: I have been writing reviews for this site for 17 years. Mostly films but also TV. Some great films, some very bad ones. Even the best ones had flaws – the acting was great but the direction was so-so etc. etc. But in Black Earth Rising, I think that I may at last have seen perfection – and I don’t say that lightly. Where to start? I’ll try to break it down then summarise.
Extrordinary complex but wonderfully constructed and written script. Acting to die for – from everyone. Certainly the best directed piece of film or TV I think I have ever seen. Blick’s sense of timing is immaculate and his eye for detail stunning. Stunning visuals – the photography by Hubert Taczanowski is an example of perfection – the lighting, the perfect camera movement – just turn off the sound and watch each camera movement and each shot’s lighting and composition. A masterclass – watch on a plasma or OLED not an LCD though. Perfect sound – every word, even every rustle of the actors clothes perfectly recorded with absolute clarity. The animated sections were a stroke of genius and so sensitively made. The music always a perfect choice – Lou Reed’s Vanising Act especially.
There might be better made TV drama, but I have yet to see it.
I have come away from episode 5 absolutely mesmerized. Compelling, beautiful, powerful – stunning in every way.
The acting and storyline of this show is excellent. Really enjoy the acting which is superb. Love seeing John Goodman in roles like this, he’s really talented.
Also gave this show a high rating due to its subject matter – genocide in Rwanda in 1994 where the Hutus killed 800,000 or so Tutsi peoples. I remember the news reports and being outraged no western country was doing anything to stop it. It really brought out to me that people of color were not seen as important on the world stage. Not enough to stop the genocide. Not enough like the Jewish holocaust.
It was disgusting, reprehensible and unforgivable the Tutsi peoples weren’t protected by those in the West who could do so, yet didn’t.
It’s important to see information about this time being represented in media. While it’s drama, it is also informative, opens dialogue, brings that devastation into the minds of those who didn’t know, didn’t want to know, wanted to know. There are surely wounds many Rwandan peoples have from that time. The lead character in this series, expresses her grief of experiences as a child in that situation, with incredible grace, realism and talent.
I absolutely recommend this series. For the acting, the subject matter, the storyline and everything else.
Watch the trailer below:
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