John Adams: A Must See
I finished watching the HBO special series John Adams, produced by Tom Hanks, based on David McCullough's book. It is, simply put, spectacular. It brings the history of the tumultuous days of the beginning of the United States to life in a way that is simply unparalleled. It conveys the sense of outrage and injustice that moved America's founding fathers to throw off the yoke of Great Britain's oppressive rule. The writing, acting, filming and authenticity is truly breathtaking. This is definitely not a series to show young children, there are some scenes of things that we would not wish the little ones to see. If you are a fan of the book, and by all means, you must read it if you have not, then you will simply love this movie. It captures the depth and warmth of John and Abigail's relationship, and shows Adams, warts and all, through his triumphs and tragedies. The episode, Part II, where the Declaration of Independence is debated and adopted is a particular treasure. And, as a real treat and bonus, there is a thirty minute documentary on David McCullough that is a feast for anyone who has anything to do with writing.