July 8th, 2015

Mildred Pierce (HBO miniseries)...

~Saturday~  Compliments of Amazon Prime, I watched the HBO mini-series version of Mildred Pierce.

The synopsis

Mildred Pierce is the epic story of a proud single mother struggling to earn her daughter’s love during the Great Depression in middle-class Los Angeles.

The trailer

My thoughts and observations

  • I really enjoyed this "epic" film.

  • I didn't realize the star was Kate Winslet until part two of the (five-part) series.

  • I didn't know that Joan Crawford starred in the 1945 movie version of this novel until after I had thought, "That actress playing Mildred looks a little like Joan Crawford, in her early years."

  • I both loved and loathed the character of Veda. I loved the way she talked, all grown-up and uppity; I loathed what a brat she was.

  • I really didn't care for Evan Rachel Wood's portrayal of the older Veda, even though I wanted to, since she's from Raleigh and from a fairly prominent acting family here.
  • There was a serious lack of hot men in this film. I was not at all attracted to Guy Pearce, who played Monte Beragon and was supposed to be a "heartthrob."

  • Themes touched on in this movie included:

    • Mother-daughter relationships

    • Pride

    • Prejudice

    • Betrayal

    • Money

    • Greed

    • "Society people" and appearances

    • Independence of women

    • Drive and determination

    • Social class differences

  • I gave this movie two thumbs up.

Have you seen this movie? If so, what did you think of it?