Dave Duncan

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‘Over There’ is ‘Over-Acted’?

Hmm. So I finally got around to watching ‘Over There’ last night (Lunchbox PVR’d it for me… which is TIVO for you Yanks), and I’m trying to reserve judgement for now. I’m trying to keep in mind that it’s a mini-series, and that means that there’s a finite amount of time to build these characters into something believable, but I couldn’t help but notice a few things.

First of all, at least one actor (the guy who plays ‘Dim’ Dumphy) looks like he took courses at the ‘Ben Affleck School of Lazy Overacting’. Yes, I know that ‘lazy overacting’ seems like a bit of an oxymoron… but that’s what it is. Still, there’s some great dialogue, and the filming was cool, so there’s hope yet.

The music was pretty good, with one GLARING exception… Under no circumstances should a TV show have a scene where a character writes and then sings a song that has no montage…. it’s just him singing. It’s brutal to watch, and you feel bad for the poor actor. You can hear the audio change from a spoken scene to a voiceover from a studio somewhere. It’s just bad.

So far, I’m not as impressed as I’d hoped I’d be, but I remember thinking the same thing after episode one of ‘Band of Brothers’ (also airing on History this fall) and that series literally blew my mind. I’m going to be patient and see how this plays out.

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