Sunday, 29 January 2012

Birdsong (BBC)

Where do I start... I absolutely loved this 2 part TV series. Birdsong really pulled at my heart strings and is influential in provoking thought about the value of life's attributes. Set in World War I, the show studies the life of a soldier- actor Eddie Redmayne-who is battling for Britain in the trenches. Flash backs to his previous life before the war show his moving story. Redmayne- a British man living in France- falls in love with a married woman who's husband is abusive towards her, which sparks an affair. After running away together, he then learns of the beginning of World War I. Within the scenes of battle, it's quite clear that there is a deep sense of story behind his eyes. The actors use more facial expressions to communicate their pain and conflict, rather than dialogue. Personally, I cried almost all the way through, as it showed the true suffering of our British soldiers in the war. Whether it was the conditions that they were living in, the fear of dying or the deaths; it really shows the reality of our soldiers lives. It also communicates the importance of family and love, 'There's nothing more sir, than to love and be loved.'

I would definitely recommend this show. The acting is brilliant, the story is well crafted and oh.. Redmayne is beautiful! That's all!

Off to go buy the book!- you should too!

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