DVD Review: THE WHITE QUEEN Has Loose Buckles But Very Little Swash - Movies In Focus
Since the mid-1990s, BBC has long been the home for Sunday night costume dramas. The success of Pride and Prejudice saw the channel tap-into an audience interest of watching times gone by before they greet the dreaded Monday morning. Recent times have seen ITV taken on the mantle, delivering Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge leaving the BBC in the dust. The White Queen is a full-force attack on claiming back Sunday nights, delivering an action-packed romantic period drama. However, this 10 part adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s novel series just doesn’t work. The White Queen wants to have the political intrigue, along with the added raunch of The Tudors and Game Of Thrones. The BBC have sanitised this, but US cable channel Starz have added extra flesh, presumably because these days you can’t have swash unless you loosen one or two buckles. What’s left is a flaccid period drama that feels a bit cheap. The ten part series has a reported $25 million budget (about half of Game Of Thrones), but it lacks scale, like it was filmed around a few National Trust locations in-between tourist visits. Rebecca Ferguson is quite bland as the titular White Queen. I’m not quite sure [...]