Patrick Melrose Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Shines In This Gripping Miniseries

<img src="https://" /><p>Watching Showtime’s <a href=""><b><i>Patrick Melrose</i></b></a>, the five-part miniseries adapted from the mostly autobiographical novels of Edward St. Aubyn, it soon becomes clear that <a href="">Benedict Cumberbatch</a> is delivering one of the best performances of his career. It’s also evident how increasingly rare it is, especially in this day and age of the blockbuster-ization of film and television, to be inclined to tune into something new — a series, miniseries, or feature film — initially just for the pleasure of watching an actor do some of his best work. It also feels increasingly rare to then discover your enjoyment of the program extends beyond the influence of the performer in question, to the project itself, and its structure, tone, and execution.</p><p>In the first episode ‘Bad News’ — which mostly covers the events of the first novel of the same name — the extent to which the production aims to anchor itself to Cumberbatch’s riveting, sometimes unhinged performance of an English aristocrat attempting to dull the edges of his painful, traumatic childhood with drugs and alcohol is made clear. ‘Bad News’ is a clever introduction to the title character, young man already afflicted with an all-consuming heroin addiction when he receives word his father had died in New York. Patrick must tear himself away from what is a presumably debauched day-to-day existence to jump the pond and collect the remains of his dear old dad, a task that is undertaken with no small amount of effort, due in part to his drug habit and recent decision to kick it to the curb.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <strong>Click to continue reading <a href="">Patrick Melrose Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Shines In This Gripping Miniseries</a></strong><br /><br /> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Patrick Melrose Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Shines In This Gripping Miniseries</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">ScreenRant</a>

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