Reviews for Mockingjay

Library Journal Reviews 2012 September #2
This sumptuous melodrama, based on the early books of John Galsworthy's family saga (1906), captures the zeitgeist of Victorian and Edwardian England. Soames Forsyte (Damian Lewis) represents the Victorian standards of the day. By contrast, his cousin Jolyon (Rupert Graves) is a free-spirited artist who leaves a conventional life to pursue his love. The lives of these two very different men are linked by the enigmatic Irene (Gina McKee), whose turbulent marriage to Soames eventually leads to happiness with Jolyon. Meanwhile, the next generation of Forsytes--Soames's daughter and Jolyon's son--fall passionately in love despite the animosity between their fathers. Those viewers who adored the enormously successful late 1960s BBC series will find this new adaptation equally addictive. VERDICT An absolutely first-rate drama that belongs in every public library. Note: This program was previously released by Acorn individually as Series 1 and 2 (LJ 6/1/04).--Joan Greenberg, Warminster, PA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.