Revisiting old TV dramas can sometimes be a very disappointing experience.
Logos that once captivated viewers and looked fresh and exciting can often look clunky and obvious.
Controversial once last Wednesday Folklands play At BBC4. Just before it was shelved by the BBC in 1987 and began production, Ian Curteis’s drama on the behind-the-scenes political and diplomatic struggle for the Falklands War was finally produced and aired in 2002. rice field.
It may have benefited from sophisticated 21st century work, but couldn’t challenge the BBC’s top brass in the 1980s. Margaret Thatcher, but just because it wasn’t very good.
So it was natural to approach the repetition of another once controversial Falklands War drama, the 1988 movie. Fall down (BBC4), with anxiety. Is it as good as the millions of people who saw it 34 years ago remember it was, or deprived it of its effectiveness and softened its internal organs and emotional punches? Is not it?
Absolutely not.It was Fall down There are some changes as it will be done today. It is shot on widescreen instead of the 1.33: 1 (or 4: 3) ratio of the 1980s TV screens. Combat scenes are probably larger and more expensive and are inevitably created with the help of CGI.
But these aesthetics couldn’t improve the work of writer Charles Wood, who died two years ago, and, thankfully, director Richard Eyre, who is with us.
Others outperform the perfectly cast Colin Firth as Lieutenant Robert Lawrence, a real-life Scots Guards officer who suffered life-threatening injuries after being shot in the head by an Argentine sniper. It is also impossible to see the actors. During the Battle of Mount Tumbledown.
It took hours to get Lawrence off the mountain, and he seemed unlikely to survive. His life was saved by a surgeon in an unruly field hospital (the graphic, blood-stained surgical scene still flirts you), but he lost 42 of his brain material, The entire left side of him was paralyzed.
He eventually did not regain use of his left arm, but learned to walk again with a clear limb. Wood’s script tells a non-chronological story, jumping between Lawrence’s pre- and post-injury life, his incapacitating battle, and his long, slow and painful rehabilitation (recently). It’s fashionable in TV dramas, and it’s rare at the time).
Still notable is how Wood, who specializes in military dramas and movies. (How I won the war, Charge of the Light Brigade) And described as a “parent soldier but anti-war” writer, he never disturbs Lawrence in a particularly favorable way.
He is wealthy and connected, and his father, John, played by the wonderful David Calder, is a former Royal Air Force Wing Commander and is very confident of himself.He’s not just a natural soldier, he’s really like soldier. That’s the only job he’s ever wanted to do.
So when he was deprived of his ability to do the job, he became angry and bitter, and from doctors, nurses, and physiotherapists trying to help him, the army desk knights and pen pushers he wore. It’s a uniform that blames everyone near him until, but he’s never been a soldier in their lives.
After all, he reserves his deepest anger and suffering for the government and the army, which virtually forgets him and his companions. He was abandoned in a strict military hospital. No one knows who he is, and he doesn’t care how he got there.
At a memorial service attended by members of the royal family, Lawrence sat in a wheelchair, placed at the back, saw nothing, and refused permission to wear his beloved uniform. It’s as if he’s considered a mess.
British Ministry of Defense and many politicians on the left When Right, indignation Fall down, Especially by the battle scenes that show that Lawrence is rejoicing and rejoicing in the war and its violence.
It’s anxious to see, but it’s a blank truth about war — people who send to hurt and kill young men are hatred.