Rosemary’s Baby: Night Two (2014)

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Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Hmm…still far-fetched

I’ll be honest, I was never the biggest fan of Rosemary’s Baby, given the whole far-fetched concept. Beyond that, even though I’d never seen the movie, I knew what it was about because back in the ‘60s, it was one heck of an iconic film, and the legend of its originality was passed down for years. So when I watched it, I wasn’t on the edge of my seat waiting to see what’ll happen, because I more or less knew already. What the movie had going for it though, was a sense of a dark tone. It wasn’t super dark, but it was a little gloomy, and because it was all-around shorter, it got to those really important parts quicker and more efficiently. I do love mini-series because of how many details go in them, but they also have the negative aspect of being on TV…a lot of the time, that’s on network television, which really restricts them on what they are allowed to do. I just finished Rosemary’s Baby: Night Two, so let’s take a look at how it’s played out.

In this 2-hour conclusion Rosemary’s health rapidly declines with her pregnancy while Guy’s career takes off with the successful completion of his book. At the same time Roman and Margaux each take a peculiar and very intimate interest in the young couple. Untimely and gruesome deaths seem prevalent and we soon learn why. As Rosemary’s due date approaches the truth about her baby becomes clear and everyone’s true colors come to light.

It’s funny, a couple of days before the first part aired on television, Zoe Saldana sat down with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, and discussed the show, revealing the main twist of the series. Like I said though, a lot of people know the story, so it wasn’t a huge surprise, but not everyone knows what that is…so I feel like she probably spoiled some interested people. If you know the twist, it’s like watching The Sixth Sense knowing that twist…it’s a completely different, and in my opinion, ruined experience. It ruins the mystery, the suspense, all of it. I’m going to let that all slide for now, as I try to talk about the second half of the mini-series.

Okay, so I believe I mentioned in my previous review that the movie never even got interesting until after Rosemary got pregnant, yet the first half of the series revolved around what happened before her pregnancy…and in all honesty it’s kind of boring. The “good” stuff really didn’t happen until this episode. There was a lot of reveals, it was more demanding of the actors, there was even more gore, mystery, and action as it wound up to a close. Basically, this is where it gets tricky for me, because I truly believe as a whole, the movie is so much better, but production-wise – I think the mini-series looks a lot better and has a better assortment of acting, and benefits itself from modern advancements in technology.

It’s true, a modern audience would prefer this series over the movie, and I don’t think they’re entirely wrong for it. Neither the movie nor the series are very believable, and they are both really far-fetched…so if that doesn’t bother you, you could really benefit off of the newer series. On the other hand, if you like your creepy stories to actually be creepy…you may have to wait for another rendition of the story…because in my opinion neither version of the story is creepy. The movie had a lot of ‘60s cheese and the show just feels too light-toned. What it really needs is to be remade in Hollywood with a really big budget and passion for the story. I think something could be done the right way…but I think I’m still waiting to see what that is for now.

It’s a mini-series people, it’s not a movie, so they have different expectations. I’ve seen better though, and so I’m gonna have to say this wasn’t all it could have been. I’m especially disappointed because NBC has proven its ability to make dark-themed presentations to me with the likes of Hannibal, and that’s what I wanted with this…needless to say – I didn’t get that.

The Good:

This was clearly Rosemary’s Baby, if you know the story. It had a lot of similar scenes to the film, a lot of respect was given, and Zoe Saldana feels right as Rosemary.

The Bad:

I personally never cared for the story, but I wanted to at least see it done right after almost fifty years. I wanted a really dark, mysterious tone, like in American Horror Story or Hannibal. I didn’t get that. I wanted it to feel less far-fetched and to keep the mystery alive, instead I felt like they just kept giving it away, expecting the audience to already know the story…don’t do that! Yes, a lot of the second act was done in a better production setting, but I don’t think it was done the right way overall.

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2 thoughts on “Rosemary’s Baby: Night Two (2014)

  1. Caught a little bit of this part last night and knowing the movie I couldn’t get into it at all. It doesn’t help that I’m not a TV guy. It definitely looked better for the reasons you mentioned, it just failed to hold my interest. My wife kept me watching it a little longer than I would’ve if I were watching alone because she’s never seen the movie and was very intrigued. So it has that going for it, at least.

    • Interesting perspective! I was wondering how a blind audience member would react. She never saw the movie, or even knew the story? Rare, but happens I suppose

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