Origin and release year: United Kingdom (2022)
Starring: Sienna Miller, Naomi Scott, Rupert Friend, Michelle Dockery, Ben Radcliffe, Josette Simon, Joshua McGuire, Geoffrey Streatfeild
The cinematography, editing, and special effects in this series played an integral part in the storytelling. It was compelling, artful, and just beautiful.
It definitely is not a film for those who would be triggered by dark themes such as suicide, substance abuse, and/or sexual abuse. Some of the imagery was quite jarring but felt essential for grasping the emotional aspect of the series.
The story did exactly what the title foretold. It dissected a scandal and court case as if trying to understand it by pure anatomy. Honest and unconcealing.
The cast gave an excellent portrayal of their roles as the story felt real and almost documentary-like. The two lawyers were especially intriguing to watch and I was also pleasantly surprised by Naomi Scott’s performance. I had never seen her in anything that wasn’t bubblegum or Disney.
Rupert Friend’s performance alongside Sienna Miller was also astonishing. I found myself at a loss for words regarding both of them but in very different aspects. Their circumstances were stupefying but I found myself extremely frustrated with both characters. Which, for this series, means that they did an excellent job.
The ending, however, felt extremely rushed and robbed viewers of any form of closure. It left us up to our own conclusions. The show could honestly have used one final episode to wrap things up.
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