MILDRED PIERCE (HBO) Parts 1 and 2 Review

MILDRED PIERCE (HBO) Parts 1 and 2 – Kate Winslet stars as a woman who must make a new life for herself and her two daughters after throwing her cheating husband out in the new five part HBO miniseries MILDRED PIERCE, which follows the title character’s tumultuous journey from 1931-1940. The first two installments air on HBO tonight, and they are darkly absorbing, if a tad on the slow side.

If you’ve seen the 1945 film starring Joan Crawford, shove any memories you have of it aside because this nuanced, leisurely miniseries is an entirely different animal. It takes its cues from James M. Cain’s 1941 novel instead, while Winslet’s performance is far more stripped down and raw than Crawford’s Oscar winning turn. It’s also, in many ways, much more effective in creating a whole, complex, and very fallible woman. Read More...


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