I've read the book, which was immensely enjoyable, so I am looking forward to renting the miniseries since I do not subscribe to HBO (not enough variety AND quality for the money) and did not have the chance to see it first time around.
Director Kirk Ellis was faced with a daunting task when he sat down to transform David McCullough's best-selling book “John Adams” into a script, and by all accounts his attempt was successful.
“Our objective was to humanize these people – to have a drama that made them flesh and blood.” said Ellis after consulting with the author of the book.
They certainly accomplished that objective. Those who have been raised on the stoic paintings of the Revolutionary War-era that depict the founding fathers in saintly poses sporting white wigs, will be in for a surprise when they watch “John Adams.” They weren't saints at all.
Paul Giamatti shines as Adams, as does Laura Linney as his wife, Abigail; Tim Wilkinson as Benjamin Franklin, David Morse as George Washington and Stephen Dillane as Thomas Jefferson. They all come off as real people complete with flaws, just like other human beings.
The miniseries excellently demonstrates just how diverse a group it was that first gathered in Philadelphia to consider the idea of declaring independence from Britain. That they managed to overcome their differences and give birth to a new nation makes their accomplishment that much more amazing.
The only problem, as I see it, is that Blockbuster may not see the need to buy the series for general consumption even though it has, as a matter of course, pushed the DVDs of popular TV series such as "Deadwood", "24", "Rome", "The Tudors", and others. Let's hope they poney up and make "John Adams" available. I'll let you know tomorrow...