Exploring ‘All the Light We Cannot See’: Netflix’s Adaptation Review
Netflix Mini-Series Adaptation: Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “All the Light We Cannot See” has been adapted into a Netflix mini-series.
Strong Visuals and Cast: The show features a strong cast, stunning visuals, and impressive cinematic lighting, creating an aesthetically pleasing experience.
Set in Wartime France: The story is set in the French town of Saint-Malo during World War II, which is under Nazi occupation. The show’s narrative revolves around two signal-crossed lovers.
Main Characters: Marie-Laure LeBlanc (played by Aria Mia Loberti) is a blind girl who reads braille excerpts from Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” on the radio. Her most dedicated listener is a reluctant Nazi soldier, Werner Pfennig (played by Louis Hofmann).
Plot and Themes: The story explores themes of love and connection during wartime, with the backdrop of a beautiful yet occupied seaside city. The pursuit of a cursed diamond by Marie’s father and a Nazi officer adds an element of tension.
Pacing and Timeline: The mini-series is criticized for its inconsistent pacing and awkward jumps between timelines. These aspects create a disjointed viewing experience.
Character Development: Fans of the book may find the characters in the adaptation to be one-dimensional, lacking the depth and nuance present in the novel. Viewing a sympathetic lens for a Nazi character like Pfennig can be challenging.
Overall Experience: The mini-series is visually captivating but falls short in terms of character development and pacing. It is suggested that the adaptation would benefit from a more coherent and less disjointed approach.