Wednesday 13 December 2017

Not a lot of drama here, I'm afraid


John Boland

The ambitious historical drama series, Marco Polo, which has been made by Netflix in association with Weinstein and Co, looks impressive but isn't.

"The most gorgeous thing you'll ever fall asleep to," declared one American critic, while another deemed it "binge-proof" - meaning that while the whole series has been made available to watch in one sitting, you won't be inclined to do so.

And I'm afraid they're right. After one episode of beautiful visuals but crummy dialogue and lacklustre acting from an unknown cast, I decided I'd had enough.

The series has also been accused of historical errors and of stereotyping non-white characters, but I might have endured such things if it hadn't all been so boring. So a rare miscalculation by Harvey Weinstein, who must have thought he'd a new Game of Thrones on his hands.

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