Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Movie review: The Casual Vacancy

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

Although I had heard of JK Rowling's book, The Casual Vacancy, I never got around to reading it. So when I got the opportunity to review the miniseries adaptation of the book, I happily agreed and looked forward to the chance to catch up on the story. In case you also are unfamiliar with the book, here's a bit about this miniseries.

Based on the global bestselling novel by J.K. Rowling, the HBO and BBC coproduction THE CASUAL VACANCY is a three-part mini-series produced by Brontë Film and Television, written by Sarah Phelps (Eastenders, Great Expectations) and directed by Jonny Campbell (Doctor Who, Shameless). The mini-series centers on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty façade, however, is a town at war. The rich at war with the poor, children at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.
The Blu-Ray/Digital HD copy that I reviewed contains the miniseries as well as a few special features. These include an introduction to the series and its main characters as well as information on how the series was adapted and cast. I appreciated the introduction, since, as I mentioned, I was totally unfamiliar with the plot of the book/miniseries.

The miniseries is over three hours long, so be sure to carve out enough time for watching it! I thought the series was beautifully shot and well acted. It's not the most uplifting story, as it centers on conflict in a small British town, with themes of death and drugs as well. So don't watch it if you're in need of cheering up! But I still found it to be an interesting series and was glad that I watched it.

A Casual Vacancy is available for purchase now, so be sure to pick up a copy to watch for yourself!