The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist

DVD - 2018
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"A haunting, sumptuous period thriller based on the popular novel by Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist tells the story of a house where, beneath the lavish beauty and privilege, lie forbidden passions and dangerous secrets. In 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman (Anya Taylor-Joy) knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. Full of hopes and dreams, she has travelled from the quiet countryside to begin a new life as the wife of affluent merchant, Johannes Brandt (Alex Hassell). But, instead of Johannes, she's met by his cold sister Marin (Romola Garai) and quickly realizes that nothing is as it seems in the Brandt household. When Johannes finally appears, he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive Miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror what is happening within the house in unexpected ways -- seemingly predicting and unravelling the future with unsettling accuracy. As Nella begins to uncover the secrets of the doll's house and those of the Brandt household she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the Miniaturist hold their fate in her hands -- and will she be the key to their salvation, or the architect of their downfall?"--Container.
Publisher: Sep2018.
Branch Call Number: DVD MIN TV
Additional Contributors: Garai, Romola 1982-
Taylor-Joy, Anya 1996-

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Merenwen
Apr 22, 2019

This was quite interesting, although things weren't clearly explained at the end. I think it would have benefited from being made as four or five parts instead of limiting it to three.

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justjenn001
Feb 05, 2019

After so much buzz surrounding the book (which I couldn't get into) I was really excited to see this miniseries. At the end if the series I wondered why anyone liked the book, I was glad I didn't invest the time into reading it. The characters were great but it was all a horrible tragedy that ends with a big "What?!?" So while the series was enjoyable to watch, the plot left me upset. I wouldn't recommend to anyone unless they love tragedies.

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CaptainHecto
Jan 10, 2019

There are good things here: terrific period costumes and lighting plus strong performances from Alex Hassell and Romola Garai. The locations are not authentic Amsterdam, but the green screen work (which makes use of the canals and the Pieterskerk in Leiden) is good enough to make it appear that way. The problems are twofold: the screenplay, which compresses the plot and pushes the action along too quickly; and the rather flat central figure of Petronella Oortman, played by Anya Taylor-Joy. Her transition from a clueless blonde meisje uit het platteland to a city-smart gal who accepts her husband's homosexuality and eventually takes over his business is not convincing. But the producers no doubt wanted to foreground the themes of repressed sexuality and strong woman to appeal to a contemporary audience. It's worth watching, but it could have been much better if the 'message' aspect had not been so intrusive.

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lizardi
Dec 25, 2018

While there is good acting (afterall, it's BBC), it is slow, dark and gloomy. This is not a movie to watch if you are subject to low moods. I made the mistake of watching it Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It probably would have played better on a large screen. With all the challenges we have now in present day US, at least we're not living with the ignorance and superstition of the 17th Century.

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userafin
Dec 04, 2018

On the whole, it was a pleasant experience watching The Miniaturist. I would recommend it.

The story is enticing - a mystery, but not a whodunit. The period costumes of the Netherlands were done well and the miniatures cleverly crafted.

However, the story is rather slow moving at times especially in the first 2 episodes, and the interior of the home gloomy and poorly lit throughout the episodes making the rich interior decor a waste of time.

Does the story end after 3 episodes? It should not but it does. At the end of third episode, I expected another episode just to bring clarity as to why the miniatures were made by the strange willowy wispy woman with mesmerizing eyes and why she sent them the way she did, even when not asked. She was not a convincing character when she does speak up...
Not a neat finish!

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ANTHONYZEDAN
Dec 01, 2018

A BBC three-part miniseries that tells the story of a lavish house, full of mysteries and innuendoes, of a rich Dutch Merchant who marries a young, beautiful but poor aristocratic lady set in 17th Century Amsterdam. The prosperous Dutch merchant must navigate the complex world of high society, appearances, guilds, imported perishable goods, Calvinism, an overbearing live-in sister, and the blurring line between friends and enemies. He purchases a doll's house which is an exact replica of his home to keep his young wife busy furnishing its empty rooms with her heart's desire.

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ralwal
Nov 26, 2018

Very slow, didn’t get my attention.

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dont_blink_now
Nov 21, 2018

I wanted to like this series. It's three hours of great costumes, dark sets and lots of door slamming with a little bit of plot thrown in just wasn't that captivating.

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lilleg
Nov 16, 2018

Creepy

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QuentinHayes
Nov 06, 2018

Bizarre and not in an interesting way. I couldn't finish it, despite the adorable dresses & furniture.

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