The Watcher Cat

The Watcher Cat

Sunday, January 20, 2013

"Nothing Lasts Forever..."

Nothing lasts for ever. Even the longest, most glittering reign must come to an end some day.

I see from The New York Times (pointed out by a very good friend) that Netflix is remaking the iconic House of Cards.

The cast is good--Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Jayne Atkinson, among others. And David Fincher and Spacey have interesting creative priorities. It could work, even though my initial instinct was to reply to my friend that Ian Richardson and Diane Fletcher are irreplaceable. And indeed they are. Just as Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke were. Yet Sherlock works, admirably. So looking at the new House of Cards as a fresh piece of work, not as a retread, perhaps it could work. Maybe even the longest, most glittering reign of Ian Richardson must come to an end some day.

You might think that, but I couldn't possibly comment.

Here's the trailer:


Anonymous said...

Anglicat, as much as I admire Kevin Spacey, I can't imagine watching him play the role without thinking "He's no Ian Richardson." What always puzzles me is that with the great store of British actors why they must cast an American in such a role. I'll try to reserve judgement, though (sounds a bit late for that, doesn't it?).

--Bryan Hunter, Charleston

Anglocat said...

Don't feel bad about it, Bryan, that was my first reaction as well--but I'll try to view it as a new work.

Always glad to hear from you.