Based on the acclaimed Patrick Melrose series of semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St. Aubyn, Melrose hilariously skewers the upper class as it tracks the protagonist’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse, and ultimately, towards recovery. Benedict Cumberbatch will play Melrose, an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy, who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by an abusive father and a mother who tacitly condoned the behaviour.
This is a bit of a mixed review. As always Benedict Cumberbatch is fascinating to watch as he brings any character to life. and this show is no exception. I must be honest though the subject matter of heroin addiction and childhood trauma is pretty dark territory. Don't get me wrong, I have watched other dramas that have addressed similar topics but maybe none with such raw, tragic realism. I think these issues are definitely important and I am awed by Cumberbatch in this role, but I don't know if I will be able to keep watching this one. I am trying to imagine how it will be possible to manage such sensitive subject matter respectfully and still work in a balance of light positive moments to keep viewers from becoming so depressed that they switch channels.
Brilliant . From every angle this series is a triumph. The cinematography, the music, screen play, supporting cast and the mesmerising Cumberbatch in the titular role. Special kudos to Sebastian Maltz as the young Patrick.
As a British one totally different from the American concept, all involved are bad people and the main issue how Patrick can become normal in such environment. The story jumps between current and past events which adds complexity to follow up. Over all clever one and makes u think.