Summary Of The Luminaries
The 19th-century tale of love, murder and revenge as men and women travel across the world to make their fortunes on the wild West Coast of New Zealand's South Island.
Wikipedia about The Luminaries (Tv Series)
The Luminaries is a TV-Series based on the novel of the same name written by Eleanor Catton. Set in New Zealand's South Island in 1866, the Series follows Walter Moody, a prospector who travels to the fledgling West Coast settlement of Hokitika to try to make his fortune on nearby goldfields. Instead, he stumbles into a tense meeting between twelve local men, and is drawn into a complex mystery that is covering up a series of unsolved crimes. BBC announced that they were beginning production in September, 2018 and hoping to start screening in late 2019.
The Luminaries Review:
Oh god, wild seas. A sailing ship – ah, so it’s the olden days – all creaking wood tossed on those heaving seas, the moon a ghostly galleon, with the skeleton of a ruined ship placed suggestively on the shore to the right. Wild sea, wild times and dark, dark, dark, so dark that a person watching it as a screener on the laptop can’t quite see what’s actually going on. Someone’s been shot, or stabbed, or both, they’re on land so is it now or then or later and that could be blood on her bodice, but no – it’s gold. Gold? As Emery may well say, before his time is up and he’s still channelling Shakespeare, All that glitters is not gold. With a nod to the original novel he may well opine that the fault lies not with the stars but with ourselves that we are underlings. That there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in Horatio’s philosophy. I suggest that if you’re happy to be confused just a bit for a while – and you may never be! – you’ll watch this with a reasonable amount of pleasure. There’s just the right amount of ambivalence about who’s the goodies and baddies. There’s good acting, not just from two extremely beautiful women. Great settings, even if not enough was spent on lighting. And let’s face it, in literature violent delights often have violent ends. And it was filmed here. What’s not to like?