John Adams

John Adams

Director: Tom Hooper Cast: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Stephen Dillane
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great series, and captures very well the essence of the man John Adams. Paul Giamatti does a wonderful job of portraying his insecurities, his certainty that history will get it wrong, his self-respecting need to speak his mind however unpopular, and his combined inability and refusal to play shmooze politics, a trait which cost him dearly, including most likely a second term as President. Likewise, Laura Linney makes a wonderful Abigail, supporting him, challenging him, and reminding him that he has a family to tend to. There is an excellent DVD feature called "Facts Are Stubborn Things" "a quote of John Adams' from the Boston Massacre trial". Historical facts and explanations of characters and events appear in non-obtrusive text boxes at the bottom of the screen, a feature I would say is essential for those who haven't read David McCullough's book, and a quite helpful tool for those of us who have read it but do not have perfect recall of detail. The film's greatest fault is its historical inaccuracies. This is ironic, given the penultimate scene in which Adams is reviewing John Trumbull's famous painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Adams rails on the painter, pointing out that these men were never in the same room at the same time to sign the document and that the painter fails to see the larger picture. Trumbull asks that certainly the artist has some amount of license, considering the purpose of the painting, and Adams expresses his belief that American history has already been lost. In the film, we have son Charles throwing play cannonballs at wooden British soldiers during the time of the Boston Massacre trial, but Charles was only 7 months old at the time! We hear the verdict read that the British soldiers are acquitted of murder, but there is no mention of the two who were found guilty of manslaughter. And while the Massachusetts Assembly is singing "Chester" in 1774, the "Facts Are Stubborn Things" footnote tells us that the song was actually written in 1778. The screenwriter and producer must have consciously sided with John Trumbull's point of view. Still, there are some wonderful moments. John and Abigail's ability to laugh and love each other during the most serious crises is well-expressed. John's disdain for the French, who want to discuss whether he traces his family line directly to the Adam in the Garden of Eden while he is trying to convince them of the critical need to send ships to America to fight in the Revolutionary War, is highly humorous. The tarring and feathering of the British officer who delivers the King's tea to John Hancock is extremely graphic but quite instructive in understanding the mood and passion of the times. And Abigail's passing, after 54 years of marriage to John, is touching. My advice: read the book, watch the DVD, and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series brings American History vividly alive. It made me pause to think about the day-to-day issues that history books gloss over. Thinking about the sacrifices - especially familial - that were made makes me appreciate those men and women even more making hard choices to act and stand for what they believed in.
ChadAaronSayban More than 1 year ago
The movie covers the life of John Adams - signer of the Declaration of Independence, first American ambassador to England, first Vice President of the United States and second President of the United States - from his early years as a lawyer in Boston, through more than 60 years of his life, until his death at the age of 90 on the 50th anniversary of the country, July 4th, 1826. Paul Giamatti plays the role of John Adams and does a fantastic job of portraying the complicated personality of Adams - a highly educated idealist who loves liberty, but embraces conservative ideas, fights for the presidency, but hates every minute of the job. Laura Linney plays Abigail Adams with equal depth. At a time in history when most women are believed only useful for having children and managing the home, Abigail and John Adams have a true partnership of ideas that would be more at home in the 21st century than in the 18th. She is not just the love of John's life but the sounding board for his thoughts and ideas. Much of the credit for the ideals found in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution can be traced back to the writings of John and Abigail Adams. In addition to the fine performances of Giamatti and Linney, Stephen Dillane does a great job as the standoffish Thomas Jefferson. David Morse is reported to have played George Washington in the film, but it appears more likely that George himself was resurrected for the role, the performance is so spot-on. And Tom Wilkinson once again creates a ultra-powerful performance as the boorish Benjamin Franklin. Along with the dazzling performances of the cast, the cinematography is well done, the costumes are perfect to the period and the overall construction of the story truly captures the confused mess that the American Revolution really was as opposed to the two-page summary we all received in school. If you have any interest in the history of the Revolution and you wish to see an excellently produced film of the seminal biography of John Adams' life, this is a must have DVD for your collection. But don't just take my word for it - the film garnered 32 awards including 13 Emmy's and 4 Golden Globes. Pretty impressive for a historical documentary.
AllisonK25 More than 1 year ago
We watched the mini-series on HBO and my 13 year old requested the DVD for Christmas. It really helped her in her American History class - the teacher even played parts of the series in class. It really engaged her to learn more about our country.
C_Hampton More than 1 year ago
HBO John Adams is a wonder to watch. Paul Giamatti is brilliant. The relationship between Adams' wife, Abigail Adams, portrayed by Laura Linney is fascinating. It is refreshing to see a strong, intelligent woman, Abigail Adams was steadfastly against slavery, a stanch advocate for women's rights and often John Adams' council , coupled with an equally strong, intelligent man. Their relationship is unique and portrayed with humor and humility. Equally interesting is the long time relationship between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, portrayed radiantly by Stephen Dillane. The rest of the cast and crew did a stunning job bringing to life the living conditions of a precarious time in American history. Wonderfully written, it cancels what you think you know about the beginnings of the United States and brings the truth into focus.
getyysburg_scw More than 1 year ago
I own this DVD and have given it as a gift to several people and plan to give to many more. It engaged me in the revolutionary history of our country as no other DVD has done. The acting, music, scenerey are all superb. It should be viewed by all high school students and above to begin to appreciate how complex the issues were at that time, and how important good character really is!
drstork More than 1 year ago
Having read the book I was worried that this "TV" HBO production would be superficial. It is impossible to completely recreate a perfect representation of John Adams of the biography or of the man, but this production was simply outstanding. I never dreamed that this would be so developed and informative. Paul Giamatti was amazing. I will watch this again and again.
dcmom More than 1 year ago
Excellent acting by the entire cast! My husband and I decided we would watch one episode a night for a week, and had to keep from watching more because we were instantly hooked. We were sad for it to end. John Adams and his compatriots were a fascinating group of individuals, and thanks to the miniseries, I have an even greater understanding and appreciation for what went into creating our constitution and nation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John Adams was an engaging series starring excellent actors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paul Giamatti was outstanding in the role of John Adams and should have won the Oscar, Golden Globe, and any other award available in this category. Laura Linney was also outstanding as John Adam's wife and best friend. I feel there could have been even more factual and historical explanation in the film, but it was very easy to follow for those of us who needed a refresher of this time in history. I am sorry that films such as this are limited to those families that can afford the extra and the special channels instead of being open to the general public. I feel more individuals could be affected by such films if they were broadcast, commercial free, to us all. I am very thankful I could afford this film for my husband's Christmas present. We have enjoyed it and have passed it among friends and family for their pleasure and enlightenment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic series in all respects. The attention to detail is marvelous. I've not only read the book, listened to the audio, and now watched the series numerous times. The series, plus interview with David McCullough, give you a wonderful perspective. I learn something everytime.
LGTS More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This historical DVD caught my eye as I really like historical and period books and movies. This was a great treat given my husband were watching this very near the current inauguration. Some of the history was very timely. I now feel as though I have a greater appreciation of the history around the Adams presidency. There are seven episodes and we watched them over a few evenings. The only complaint is that some of the scenes are dark (lighting) but the dialogue was excellent as well as the acting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book but missed the series on television. I thoroughly enjoyed the series and found it well done. I would recommend it for anyone interested in learning more about the formation of our Country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful series! We couldn't tear ourselves away from this!
CatherineNY More than 1 year ago
Everyone citizen in our country should watch this. Then perhaps they would appreciate what our country stands for and be grateful for the rights they enjoy...... This is why we fight so hard for others' freedom. The acting is superb and the message is clear. The freedom this country enjoys is bought and paid for by the blood of our forefathers. If you don't like it here, then leave. God Bless America.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We are a history loving family and have enjoyed watching this. Would definetly recommend this one! Worth the time.
SEH59 More than 1 year ago
Well done, having read the book this just really brings to life the book. Learn a lot about the times, John, Thomas, really see how the White House looked and just take you to those times, A must for history buff, a must for the schools. Also just having visited Boston, been to the places in Boston used in the movie. Bottom line buy it.
MariusMA More than 1 year ago
HBO did a fine job adapting David McCullough's biography of John Adams. The mini-series is beautifully produced, well paced, and superbly acted. This was my introduction to Stephen Dillane's acting, and he was fantastic as Thomas Jefferson. There are many delightful cameos to watch for, too. Giamatti, Linney, and Morse are perfect as John & Abigail Adams and George Washington. The sacrifices these men and women made for the United States were staggering, and should be a source of inspiration to all. I saw this shortly after it was broadcast, and finally bought the DVD recently because no quality collection should be without this extremely moving portrait of one of the nation's giants. My wife and I will look forward to reprising this fine series often.
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jackathol More than 1 year ago
As a history and government major it is sad to see how little I really knew of the American Revolution. This movie is totally captivating, intriguing and told with great vigor. The acting, photography and music are first class. The casting is spot on. One caveat is that once you start watching it you will find it most difficult to stop.
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