Hulu’s Bonkers ‘Retelling’ of the Life of Catherine the Great a Wild, Fun Ride
The Great. Available now on Hulu.
Was Donald Trump planning to hand the United States over to Vladimir Putin? Catherine the Great seems like a better bet to me. I mean, something weird and possible sinister must be going on when two premium TV networks schedule expensive miniseries about an 18th-century Russian monarch in a seven-month span. What does Stalin have to do to get a break? Do 10 million dead kulaks mean nothing these days?
Not that there’s any chance of getting the two Catherines mixed up. HBO’s Catherine the Great, which aired last year and starred Helen Mirren as the empress and Jason Clarke as one of her many lovers, was historically accurate but dumb as a rock. Hulu’s The Great, which has Elle Fanning (Maleficent) as Catherine and Nicholas Hoult (the X-Men movies) as her husband Emperor Peter III, is historically bonkers—in the opening credits, the title appears with an asterisk: “*an occasionally true story“—but so witty it will make your brain melt.
Hulu’s 10-part miniseries is adapted from Australian screenwriter Tony McNamara’s own 2008 play of the same name, a blackly comic retelling of the life young Prussian woman who transformed a politically arranged marriage into a 32-year reign full of wars and palace intrigue that expanded Russian territory some 200,000 miles. McNamara concentrates on the backstabbery inside the palace, which was bad en
Article from Latest – Reason.com