TL;DR – A biopic that had a real chance of being something interesting that unfortunately could never quite stick the landing.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
For a while now in the evening before going to sleep I have been taking to
watching a couple of episodes of Penn and
Teller: Fool Us. Penn and Teller are American magicians and one of the many
things they are known for is debunking a number of things including the techniques
behind spiritualism and mentalism. It has been interesting getting little hints
as to how some of these tricks are done, so when a biography of one of the key
spiritualists in France dropped on Netflix I was really interested to see how
it would go.
So to set the scene, it is the 1850s in Paris, France and Rivail (Leonardo
Medeiros) is a professor and teacher. He is a man of reason of logic and takes
deep offence when a priest bursts into his classroom to give the catechisms. The
influence of Catholicism in the classroom is a deal-breaker for the teacher and
he retires. Struggling to find work, he agrees to do some translating work and
it is here that is he is drawn into the new fad exploding among the fringes and
not so fringes of French society.
TL;DR – This is a fascinating look at a world of complete inequality, and how that affects the lives of those within.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Today after watching The Rain (see review) I wanted to continue to explore more of the different Sci-Fi TV shows from around the world, and it just so happens that with the ending of The Rain I was recommended 3% from Brazil. So today we jump from the Post-Apocalyptic realm, and into the world of dystopia, stark power differences, and a world where the haves and the have-nots could not be further apart. In today’s review, we will be looking at both Season One and Two of 3% so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead for especially Season One but also some of the events that happen further along.