Benedict Cumberbatch's The Child In Time was 'utterly baffling', say confused viewers
Viewers thought The Child In Time was hard to follow.
Viewers have declared Benedict Cumberbatch’s drama The Child In Time “utterly baffling”, saying its “very confusing” structure made it too hard to follow.
Many said their high hopes for the BBC1 programme about a couple dealing with the loss of a child – an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s award-winning novel of the same name – had been dashed.
However, Sherlock star Cumberbatch did win praise for his “outstanding” performance.
The drama followed author Stephen Lewis (Cumberbatch) and his wife Julie (Kelly Macdonald) after their four-year-old daughter Kate goes missing from a supermarket.
The narrative takes place in both the present and in flashbacks to the past, which proved to be confusing for many viewers.
One said on Twitter: “Am I just being slow or is this very confusing?”
Am I just being slow or is this very confusing? #ChildInTime— Ottalie Ewing (@MissOtt) September 24, 2017
“#ChildInTime utterly baffling no idea what’s going on,” wondered another.
#ChildInTime utterly baffling no idea what's going on. If they've lost a kid why are they so calm?— Sazzle (@cleggystar1975) September 24, 2017
One viewer pleaded: “Someone tell me what’s happening please?”
#ChildInTime Someone tell me what's happening please?— Seaside Girl (@sensiblegirl999) September 24, 2017
Others also said they were confused about why there was not a police presence.
Many posted funny memes, pictures and video clips to illustrate how they were struggling to follow the story.
Some viewers also said the drama was “dull” considering its subject matter.
“How have they managed to make something so traumatic/dramatic this dull,” tweeted one.
How have they managed to make something so traumatic/dramatic this dull :/ #ChildInTime— Sazzle (@cleggystar1975) September 24, 2017
“Well this is absolutely dreadful. Trying to be clever by jumping all over the place but it’s pretentious and ultimately, dull,” said another.
#ChildInTime Well this is absolutely dreadful. Trying to be clever by jumping all over the place but it's pretentious and ultimately, dull.— andy rosiak (@andyrosiak) September 24, 2017
Others even said they were switching off.
One tweeted: “Very very slow, not quite sure what’s going on. Giving up on it now. So disappointed, I was hoping for a good drama.”
Very very slow, not quite sure what's going on. Giving up on it now. So disappointed, I was hoping for a good drama 😔#ChildInTime— Kathryn Cartwright (@KathrynC1988) September 24, 2017
Another said: “I have no idea what’s going on… I’m officially giving up and switching over now.”
I have no idea what's going on... I'm officially giving up and switching over now #ChildInTime— Tor Oliver 🌻 (@vickyioliver) September 24, 2017
However, many people watching were impressed with the way Cumberbatch played struggling father Lewis.
One viewer said: “Benedict Cumberbatch is brilliant in everything,” while another declared his performance was “outstanding”.
“Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly McDonald were absolutely incredible in TCIT. Benedict is such an amazing actor!” said one viewer.