Discover the buzz around Netflix’s adaptation of ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ as critics share their thoughts on this visually stunning series. Does it do justice to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel? Find out now.
Adapting Anthony Doerr’s “All The Light We Cannot See” presents a formidable challenge. This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, with its non-linear narrative, demands a skilled touch to distill its complexity, nuance, and sheer volume into a more concise format.
Shawn Levy, the director and producer of the four-episode Netflix limited series tackling this task, aptly described the book as a mountain that will endure through time. Their adaptation is not an attempt to replace it but rather a unique impression of that literary peak.
With the series now premiered, reviews have poured in. The cinematography, skillful use of light, standout performance by Aria Mia Loberti, production quality, the theme of hope in dark times, and the overall cast have garnered praise. However, the challenge of translating the novel’s intricate narrative to the screen remains.
Parents should note that the series is rated TV-MA due to its language and violence.
The series revolves around Marie-Laure, a blind teenager fleeing Nazi-occupied Paris with her father, eventually joining the resistance via radio broadcasting. The cinematography shines with attention to color and the interplay of light and darkness, enhancing the visual experience.
Aria Mia Loberti’s portrayal of Marie-Laure is a standout, capturing the essence of her character and her role in offering hope through radio broadcasts.
Yet, adapting the book to the screen posed difficulties, as the novel’s nuances and vast content proved challenging to replicate fully. Some reviewers found the series morally simplistic, especially in the portrayal of Werner’s character.
The series handles transitions between flashbacks and the present adeptly and utilizes sound effectively. However, for those who cherished the book, there is a sense of conflict; the series, while enjoyable, could have delved deeper into the moral complexities of the narrative, particularly in Werner’s storyline.
In summary, “All The Light We Cannot See” succeeds in terms of quality, standing as one of the highest-quality shows in recent memory. Nonetheless, it falls short in capturing the moral nuances and complexities that Doerr masterfully explores in his Pulitzer-winning novel, leaving some room for critique.
Other reviews vary, with some praising the introduction of a talented new actor but critiquing the loss of nuance in the adaptation, citing pacing and storytelling as areas that could be improved.
In the end, this adaptation of a beloved novel offers a visually captivating experience but leaves room for debate about its handling of the moral intricacies of the original work.