Reading about war is one thing — seeing it is something else entirely. That’s true for anyone who found reading War and Peace easier than watching the bodies stack up on TV, but it’s also true for Pierre, who’s still playing war-time tourist. He oversleeps, then rolls up to the battlefield in his civilian clothes to ask if there’s “anything he can do,” like this is a Boy Scout camping trip and maybe he can earn his merit badge if he hands someone a stick.
Forget the war: The best conflict in War and Peace is happening on the home front. We have ourselves some romantic intrigue — and all of the terrible decisions that come with it. Did anyone really expect Natasha’s year-long separation from Andrei to go as planned?
Downton Abbey historical adviser Alastair Bruce has called out War and Peace for a “baffling” costuming blunder early in the miniseries’ first episode.
There’s a reason duels have gone the way of burning people at the stake and avoiding white after Labor Day: They’re ridiculous. (I hear there’s a hit musical about them.) War and Peace’s second installment asks how we justify violence: How do ideals like honor and glory hold up when they come at the expense of the lives of others? For Pierre, they don’t — though he’d have saved himself a lot of trouble if he’d come to that realization a few hours earlier.
I can see the next big late-night talk show game now: Summarize War and Peace in 60 seconds. Even for those who know the plot, it would be impossible — and it still wouldn’t come close to the task facing Andrew Davies with this adaptation. The scope of Tolstoy’s notoriously long novel makes it a huge undertaking even for a miniseries, but it also works to the script’s advantage: With so much source material to pull from, every retelling has the opportunity to stake its own claim, and this one delivers in style.
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Love. Wealth. Power. Some things never go out of style.
That’s the takeaway from the exclusive new teaser for War and Peace, the small-screen adaptation of the Tolstoy epic set to air on Lifetime, A&E, and History next month.
From the pages of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel War and Peace comes BBC and the Weinstein Company’s latest adaptation of the epic tale starring James Norton, Paul Dano, and Lily James. The first trailer for the upcoming miniseries – set to air stateside on Lifetime, A&E Network, and History – has arrived.
English actor James Norton, known for starring in U.K. dramas like Grantchester and Happy Valley, is set to join the BBC miniseries War and Peace based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel of the same name.
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