MILDRED PIERCE (HBO) Parts 4 and 5 Review

MILDRED PIERCE (HBO) Parts 4 and 5 – The final two parts of HBO’s increasingly fascinatingMILDRED PIERCE miniseries find us skipping ahead in time a few years with Mildred expanding herbusiness and Veda now a young woman. I’ve watched the conclusion and while the pace is once again often languid, there is much juicy goodness to sink into.

Evan Rachel Wood takes over as Veda and what a deliciously diabolical Veda she is. Where Winslet has given a restrained, subtle performance as Mildred, Wood’s Veda is a whirlwind. By turn seductive, manipulative, charming, and cruel; she is a force of nature and a fascinating counterpoint to her mother. Even their clothing mirrors the differences between the two: Mildred in sensibly tailored neutrals and Veda in vividly toned high fashion. The contrasts are striking throughout these last two installments, especially in the miniseries’ climax. Read More...

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