REVIEW: “Most people have never heard of John Brown. If they have, all they know is that he was hanged for being an agitator, causing trouble and starting the civil war.”
This is how Henry Shackleford (newcomer Joshua Caleb Johnson) remembers it in the initial moments of visual arrest of the irreverent, but at the same time fascinating The Good Lord Bird (which premieres on Neon and SoHo on January 20).
A seven-part drama in the late 1850s, based on the acclaimed 2013 novel of the same name by James McBride, which features a boast and sensibility similar to that of Tarantino Django unleashed i The odious eight, mixes genre narratives and modern customs in the same way that To go out or We and has a relaxed approach to violence and a colorful language that echoes other 19th century tales such as Dead wood i Hell on wheels (with whom he shares a writer, Mark Richard).
But even though the story (which, as we are “warned” by the letter of the blog title “all this is true, most happened”) is told from the point of view of the fictional Henry, a young man black who spent two years as part of Brown’s Pottawatomie rifles after his father’s death, this is very much Brown’s story.
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As portrayed by a gray Ethan Hawke (First reformed, Training day), in one of his first major television roles, the charismatic but bloody abolitionist is on a crusade to “liberate all people of color from this territory, with the blessing of the Lord.”
With a tendency to proselytize and conduct hours-long prayers (“He even has other prayers to listen to,” says one of his soldiers during a particularly long session), Brown prepares to fight to end slavery. in Africa “.
Rescuing Henry after a tense confrontation with members of Missouri’s red T-shirts at the tavern, post office, weighing station, rumor mill, and Henry’s Dutch gin house ends in tragedy, Brown mistakenly believes Henry is Henrietta, a perception wrong that the boy never tries right (although he admits Brown’s death that his relief is that “he can stop wearing this dress”). As Brown whips and increases his war against injustice, the number of his enemies increases.
With a distribution of biblical passages (“Ecclesiastes 12, or wherever”), which distributes biblical passages with bombings, more stupefied and equal, Hawke’s performance is a stunning chewing landscape.
It looked like a cross between Nick Nolte and Anthony Hopkins of the last few days Autumn legends and channeling the same fury as Samuel L Jackson at his best, the 50-year-old Gen X poster now listens and erases through funny, infinitely quotable monologues with a voice that sounds like it’s been sipping cocktails from sand and marble.
Like the Russian barbarity of the eighteenth century The big one, this is a story with a baffling and baffling streak (although there aren’t a lot of lump-bombing ones here) that makes the viewing fascinating.
The Good Lord Bird arrives at Neon on January 20th. New episodes will also debut on SoHo at 9.30pm every Wednesday.