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April 15, 2012


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My favorite characters were definitely Helena & Bazzard.

Things I learned from this mini-series: (1) Opium will mess you up. (2) Being a bastard son makes you really angry and prone to violence (c.f. Neville & Jasper.)

I've never read the original (I know, I know!), so color me confused when I read the actual plot over at Wikipedia.

(Rosa Bud? Seriously, Charles Dickens?! Poor girl.)

This production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood was not any relative of the story by Dickens. We read the book (with someone else's finish...after Chapter 22, I believe) and are huge fans of the movie with Claude Rains. This production, although very handsome and the acting great, was not the same story. Read the book, regardless of who finished it. By the time you get to Chapter 22 (where Dickens left off) you will have an idea where the story goes, and it's not where that dreadful screenwriter led us: where did she come up with a Daddy Drood, and Daddy Drood being everybody's father??? Good night, what a fantasy. I guess the screenwriter never read the story. Not even real "Droodies" would have dreamed up that mess.

I liked it a lot. I am actually not familiar with the story, so this is my first introduction to it. I guessed that the slew of bastard children might be a modern invention but I wasn't sure how much of it was. I might have to read it now. The wikipedia article displayed letters to John Forster giving the impression that it was to be a fairly straightforward morality tale.
I like that this took a different route.
I think by the end that it does not so much matter that John Jasper did it, so making him not actually guilty of killing who he thought he had killed was a good plot move. What did matter was that he was mentally self-destructing (even more than he already was) because HE was convinced he had done it. I think the art of the story in the movie was in watching him struggle with what little moral compass that he had and then cast it away entirely in his threatening of Rosa. The vestiges of a conscience still haunt him in his subconscious, though, so they aren't entirely gone. He still has a thread of goodness, albeit a small one.
I trust that Dickens would have come up with a way to make him not entirely unsympathetic. I think Dickens could do a better job of analysing a criminal objectively than, say a modern weekly morality show like CSI, which is kind of what the letters to Forster made the overall plot out to be.
Anyway, there you go. I loved it. My only criticism would be that Edwin's personality was fairly uneven--he was a jerk at the beginning and then decides to be BFF with Rosa and we weren't really given any clues in his character as to why he would suddenly be nice to her. Johns Jasper is rather manic, and I can beleive that's part of his personality, but he seems to bounce from being horrified of what he's done to being ready to take off and start a new life with "Fantasy Rosa".
Also, Bazzard was awesome. <3

Loved Bazzard too--wish we'd seen more of him. I'm OK with Edwin running off to Egypt when the wedding is called off,but the twist with Drood, Sr. being Jasper's father was unnecessary --I think an addict's obsession with Rosa was enough for hallucinations of killing Edwin. However, I did like the idea of Jasper losing the distinction between reality and opium dreams, and the viewer not knowing either.

Also, us engineers* lead a life on the edge. It's all about the drugs and loose morals and hard living.

*well, software ones at least.

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