The Great (review)

The Great (review)
The Great (review)
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As is popular these days, this is an occasionally true, completely updated take (in style and language) on the story of Russia’s Katherine the Great. It starts as an innocent German girl (Elle Fanning) arrives to become the wife of Peter III (Nicholas Hoult). Her desire to bring new ideas of enlightenment and freedom comes into conflict with the current court. Fanning is wondrously sweet, strong and mischievous, while Hoult brings a delightfully charming cluelessness to his portrayal of the incompetent ruler. There’s a long list of supporting characters who all add depth and flavor to the relationships. Tony McNamara, who was a writer/producer on The Favourite, picks a similar devilish tone, including a comically cruel and raunchy approach to the court proceedings and the interpersonal relationships. The richly witty, deliciously evil writing, coupled with delightful performances make this funny, smart and even poignant reimagining of history. (8 one-hour episodes on Hulu)


4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)


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