Patrick Melrose

Patrick Melrose

DVD - 2019
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Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a powerhouse performance as the title character English aristocrat based on the novels by Edward St Aubyn. Chronicling the hilarious highs and devastating lows of his tumultuous life, this blackly humorous drama follows Patrick from his childhood trauma at the hands of an abusive father and neglectful mother, to the peak of his heroin addiction, and his attempts to stay sober and support his family.
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD :, Acorn,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: DVD TV PAT
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (302 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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Feb 26, 2020

Great acting, horrible story. Not sure it was worth writing, it certainly doesn't make for a good movie. Over privileged Brits acting badly, is not anything new. Why can't they just go to therapy instead of dragging everyone else into their bad drama.

Feb 18, 2020

Cumberbatch did not disappoint. Brilliant performance. Some part of the movie was hard for me to watch which is one of the indication that the acting was stellar.

Feb 16, 2020

Some good prose, but so many flash backs I never knew what year we were in or sometimes even what country. More of an ordeal than an entertainment, tho' Cumberbach is always good. Wasted in this flick.

Jan 25, 2020

2*could not get into this series. I found it dumb.

Nov 28, 2019

Not the most uplifting subject matter, but well worth the watch just for Benedict Cumberbatch's performance, which is stellar.

Nov 03, 2019

A dark family comedy/tragedy based on the Oxford educated English blue blood Edward St Aubyn's semi-autobiographical Patrick Melrose novels. It should have been a thoroughly painful watch but somehow entertaining, thanks to the non-stop sarcasm and ironic prose of those upper crust people: the Melroses and the parent's silo of "terrible" people.

Jul 23, 2019

You've never seen Benedict Cumberbatch like this before ... he is phenomenal in his role as Patrick, addicted to drugs and alcohol while also coming to terms with his parents' deaths. Based on the series of five novels by Edward St Aubyn (which in turn are based on the author's own life), this Showtime series features a whole cast of incredible talent, including Hugo Weaving, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jessica Raine, Pip Torrens, Holliday Grainger, Indira Varma, Blythe Danner, and Celia Imrie. The show, as well as the storylines within each episode, goes back in forth in time a lot, from when Patrick was a boy to being a father of two young sons. **Trigger Warning: drugs, alcohol, child abuse, etc.**

Jun 30, 2019

Can't wait to see it, the books were honest, frank page turns.


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Nov 05, 2019

Highly quotable; a few from the final episode:

But sometimes those who deserve the most blame also deserve the most compassion.
Mind you, what else is there to do with money, but spend it when you have it and be bitter when you don't? I suppose what I'm saying is: do be bitter about the money. After all, what is it now, six generations with every single descendant essentially idle? It must be rather thrilling for you and your children, after such a long exemption from competition, - to get really stuck in!
A crisis demands a hero. The ambush happens when things are going well.
I'm having enough trouble wearing nicotine patches and smoking at the same time.
Whatever his drawbacks as a parent, he never lost his sense of humor.
-Easy not to lose what you never had.
Oh, I disagree. He saw the funny side in everything.
-He only ever saw the funny side of things that didn't have one.
Cruelty and laughter have always been close neighbors.

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