WAR & PEACE REVIEWED
“War & Peace” is a BBC adaptation of the classic tale that gets more room to breathe than the classic 1956 adaptation. That being said, it’s costume drama pageantry. Paul Dano, Lily James, Jim Broadbent, Gillian Anderson, Brian Cox and Greta Scacchi dominate throughout the presentation. Still, it feels like the visual equivalent of reading the book over a weekend.
While that might scare off some casual viewers, I implore you to expand your tastes. Napoleonic tales of fanciful woe don’t really entertain anymore unless you’re an Austinite. But, guys can enjoy it. I promise you that past the costumes lies a grand tale of men and women wanting to bone during wartime but feeling regret due to their stations. That’s baller as Russian Imperial F—.
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 5/10/16
Adapted by leading screenwriter Andrew Davies, directed by Tom Harper and produced by BBC Wales and The Weinstein Company, War & Peace is a modern take on one of the most famous stories of all time. In 1805 when we first meet Pierre (Paul Dano), Natasha (Lily James), and Andrei (James Norton), they are all part of St Petersburg s glittering elite, but are fired-up with youthful ambition to find meaning in their lives. Kind-hearted but awkward Pierre, the illegitimate son of Russia s richest man, wants to change the world for the better. Handsome and gallant Andrei, frustrated with the superficiality of his life, seeks a purpose, while the beautiful and spirited Natasha is searching for true love. At the same time Napoleon’s army edges ever closer to Russia’s borders. As everything they thought they knew is questioned, Pierre, Andrei and Natasha find themselves in a time when Russian society is about to change forever.