Highly Overrated But Still Good
Bad Acting and worse Bad Screenplay
If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.
It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.
I've just finished watching season number 1, I really liked the story but I still can't believe the poor acting. It could have been an excellent story if it had better casting.
The Crawford's are really perfect, blonde, beautiful, perfect shape but it's imposible to believe anything they say or do.
The best friend, neighbors and lover are really awful.
It's really unbelievable how the producers let this one go down the toilet.
I watched the entire first season and didn't find the show very satisfying at all. The actors are not bad actors, but given a script with soap opera dialog, poor directing, and an ill-conceived plot, it's not easy to give a good performance. I'm well into the second season now and it's actually worse than the first. I'll try to get through the rest of the season, but every time a new episode pops up, I don't feel in any way compelled to view it immediately, and when I do get around to watching, it feels like a chore. So if it goes to a third season, that will not be one I'll be watching at all. Whether it gets canceled after this season or not will not be a concern to me...I just can't stand watching it any longer.
I think by giving this show 4* I am being generous. I am only on episode two and I am horrified how the Americans have ruined an amazing Australian crime drama! The original Australian version was one of the best crime dramas I have seen in years. It was captivating, enthral lung and really kept you on your toes. It had a phenomenal script and an even better cast which you really felt for and cared about.In this crappy remake Juliette lewis is beyond awful! That woman cannot act! Ryan Phillipe is OK but doesn't come across as a man that loves his family- there is absolutely no chemistry between him and the kids or his wife. It's like they just got a group of random people together and made hem live under one roof rather than spending the time to find actors who will appear as a family! One of the great things about the Australian version was the pace of the show, things unravelled in a natural way and it felt like we were watching a real life story unfold within the press and within the family. Cut to: American version... It's soooo rushed and forced! It's like they're trying to make you like the characters but they give no background or depth to them in the slightest! I honestly believe if they HAD to remake this show (which I really don't believe they should have) then the Brits would have done a far better job at adapting it yet keeping it as true to the original as possible so it wouldn't tarnish it! If the Brits had remade it, it would have been closer to their amazing show broadchurch rather than some crappy melodrama that's worthy of the American soap operas!
I liked this, especially since there was not much else on to watch so I looked forward to this every week. It was tricky enough to keep you guessing. Loved the detective. I found it hard to believe a little bit that Ryan Phillipe had kids that old - he still looks like a kid himself. A good little mystery. I guessed whodunit in the end and was right, but still good stuff. I would like to see more of the detective with spin off show. Her character was well established and interesting. I found it a lot better than the British version, in fact, this was exactly the same word for word but just American actors - so I guess this was a copycat version done American style.