Aparna (inspirethoughts) wrote,

Television Critique 2016  – 06/02/2016: Wallander Vs Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a TV Show review.
Prologue: Go here.

Stars: 4 / 5
Recommendation: If you can stomach the hardcore crimes and raw depiction, these are the series to go for.

The Swedish TV Series Wallander based on Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander novels were aired on Swedish TV between 2005 and 2013 with three seasons during that time. The same series was made by British TV with the same name during the years 2008 and 2016 with four seasons during that time. Swedish episode had Krister Henriksson in the title role while the British version had Kenneth Branagh.

Swedish Version:

British Version:

Wallander is a detective and police inspector in the small town of Ystad, Sweden. He always tries to find not just the who of a crime but also the why - more vehemently so perhaps to get a meaning for why he does what he does every day. The violence that he sees in the cases he solves never becomes normal for him - every case brings on more reasons for him to continue. Yet, he has a portion of empathy towards the victims that never clouds his judgment nor pulls him back in an investigation. Sometimes he lives in that dark so much that this empathy is the light he thrives on. And this very dark side of his life also takes away his personal life - estranged from his daughter and father.

The plots for each episodes are primarily set in Ystad, Scania near the sudden tip of Sweden. Some of the British episodes have been filmed in Riga, Latvia. Most of the plot lines for the individual episodes are based on the original novels in the Swedish Version. While the British version took only few episodes from the original version for their episodes. Both actors who played the title roles have given stellar performances and lived the part. I cannot discount their acting at all. However, both the versions are quite different. Especially in the portraying of the crime. Swedish version is very raw and sometimes borders on cruelty that makes you cringe. While the British version masked the cruelty a bit to make it easier for the viewers. Yet, I liked both versions.

I have not seen Krister in any other movies however I did see Kenneth in many movies - one being Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, the review of which I had recently posted. I still admire him for his role as Professor Gilderoy Lockhart but Wallander set a bar too high even for Kenneth. Sadly the series has ended when both the actors have refused to continue to portray the role of Wallander. Guess the reel was getting too much into real for them. Watch it to know what I mean, however this is not for those lazy nights. These are for those nights when you want to burn down something for an injustice caused.
A good series with grave episodes and equally compelling performance by complementing actors.
Tags: critique by amateur, reviews, tv shows

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