Sunday, June 2, 2013

What I'm watching now-The Fall

If like me, you've wondered what Gillian Anderson has been doing after Bleak House, now American audiences can find out as she stars in the BBC series(well 5 episodes) The Fall. Using the background tension in Belfast, Anderson portrays a Metropolitan inspector who travels to Belfast to oversee a review about the handling of a woman's murder. It soon becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose and she gets to lead the investigation. What is rather unusual is that equal time is paid to the killer and his everyday life with his family. Jamie Dornan, as the killer, may be unknown, but always maintains the fine line between creepy and fairly normal, never overacting.

Anderson as Stella Gibson is a rather usual female TV character: cold but confident in her sexuality and  enjoyments of one-night stands. What I thought the most interesting was that both the killer and Stella used exercise to clear their minds and were often portrayed exercising at the same time. My only real complaint is that some of the dialogue comes across as clunky and hackneyed. But it's a minor complaint and at only 5 episodes, there isn't much time for frivolous scenes.

There are scenes of violence and sex so if you are adverse to this, I wouldn't watch. But if you liked Frobrydelsen or Wallander, give this a chance. It's available to stream on Netflix.