Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Obviously slow start.
So I had an idea to do something I have never actually done before. I would start reviewing TV Mini-Series, because they’re close-enough to movies aren’t they? In the case of mini-series based off books, these special features are able to squeeze in more details than the actual movie, which ends up making it a more successful representation of the source material…but since I haven’t actually read the book of Rosemary’s Baby, I kind of have to think back to the movie that I actually saw just recently. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the film, but it definitely had some interesting elements that haven’t been revisited since that would most definitely benefit off of modern technology in film. Then again, the whole concept to this story is so peculiar that I’m not sure how it would come across nowadays…so here we go…
After a personal tragedy leaves Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse anxious for a fresh start, the young married couple departs for Paris where Guy has landed a job teaching at The Sorbonne. Upon arrival a series of unfortunate events occur, and soon Rosemary and Guy are presented with an offer they can’t refuse – an apartment with the most prestigious address in the city. They find comfort in this strange city among their new friends and neighbors, Roman and Margaux Castevet, but soon find the apartment comes with a haunted past. This well-to-do successful older couple take the newcomers under their wings and become very involved with the Woodhouse’s lives. Meanwhile Rosemary spends some quality time with her dear friend Julie learning how to cook at Le Cordon Bleu. Everything seems wonderful as the couple decide to try to conceive a baby. – TVDB
I had to do a quick copy-paste for the plot, because it’s a little different than the movie, and because it’s a series, it’s technically incomplete. The first episode, titled “Night One” actually takes place over a number of days as Rosemary slowly comes up with the decision to bear a child. I can’t speak for the book, but the movie didn’t even get interesting until after she got pregnant. I’m talking everything creepy that ever happens in the film happens when she has a bun in the oven. Well, they can’t just have two hours of non-creepy moments, so they put in a lot of creepy overtones and blatant giveaways that aren’t supposed to be revealed until later, but what the heck. Most people know the twist of the story anyways, so why not, right? The biggest parts of the story won’t even be introduced until the next episode.
So no, the first episode isn’t like…overly amazing. It does a good job at introducing you to all the characters and giving you a generic feel of what’s going on, and it tries to keep that feeling consistent with what the movie had. Yes, the acting was better than the movie because modern expectations demand better acting than the ‘60s. So the characters are also more believable, so they have better chemistry and likeability all around. Also, there is a lot of really great shots of scenery to really accent the tones.
Overall, it definitely benefits off of modern technology and expectations. It looks and feels better than the original film. However, because the original film is shorter and complete, it still works better. Things went by quicker in the movie because of their time limitations, and thus – had a better ability to keep viewers on the edge of their seat, regardless of how silly it was at times. The story isn’t over yet though…I expect things to get a lot wilder in the next episode – this was pretty much just a nice little introduction as well as tease for what’s to come.