While facing the western frontier, two beleaguered souls meet by chance. “Can you shoot?” asks Eli Whip (Chask Spencer), a former cavalry scout in Pawnee. Lady Cornelia Locke (Emily Blunt)—aristocrat, Englishman, fished out of the water, disheveled—answers:
Eli never misses a beat. “Oh, you’ll have to.”
Welcome to Central America in 1890. It’s a violent landscape inspired by big dreams and full of bloodshed.A charming setting Englishthe new Amazon Studios epic chase western Award-winning writer and director Hugo Brick (The Honorable Woman, Black Earth Rising, The Shadow Line). A limited series of 6 episodes. Hit Amazon Prime Here’s the code to “pause whatever you’re currently streaming and dive into this special experience”.
English It follows Cornelia’s entry into the difficult and dangerous new landscape of the West. She is determined to take revenge on the unruly gentleman responsible for her son’s death. Her fate bumps her into Eli, a member of the Pawnee Nation she was born with and a man with her own dilemma. After all, it takes a lot to survive the dangerous souls that occupy the West. This series really shows in detail how terrifying the late 1800s were. Suddenly together, Cornelia and Eli discover a common history that either of them must overcome to survive.
The star cast includes Rafe Spall (Salisbury poisoning, trial) and Nicola McAuliffe (Tomorrow Never Dies, Doctor Who) in a prominent role. Tom Hughes (Discovery of the Witch, Victoria), Stephen Rea (Shadowline, Honorable Woman), Valerie Pachner (hidden life, kingsman), Toby Jones (wonderful detectives), Ciarán Hinds (The Terror, Woman in Black), Malcolm Story (Princess Bride, Doc Martin), Steve Wall (A witcher raised by wolves), Thread Rimi (Black Earth Rising, Strike Back), and Christian Solimeno (Avenue 5, Gilt) is also on board.
When preparing for the series production, Brick said: A thrilling, romantic and epic horse opera is making its way to your screen…and I couldn’t be more excited.
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There’s good reason for Blick’s enthusiasm for Blunt (A Quiet Place, Jungle Cruise, Mary Poppins Returns.) Always a pleasure to watch, the actress delivers a strong performance as Cornelia, balancing the character’s vulnerability with her fierce determination to right a horrific wrong. It’s a schedule. The same is true for Spencer (blind spot, barkskin), rarely present on screen — deep, grounded, and often hypnotizing. We don’t get to experience many actors quite like Spencer.Together he and Blunt give viewers two memorable characters who deserve our investment.The on-screen magic they create .
Cornelia arrives at the Kansas outpost around 1890. She has a lot of trunks and foamy gowns and probably too much cash for a British woman to roam the frontier, but she must avenge her son’s death . Even though a mob of bad guys have anticipated her arrival, she moves on.
Born in Pawnee, Eli is a now-defunct U.S. Cavalryman and a lone wolf. The natives frown on his involvement with Calvary. White people discriminate based on skin color. Eri’s wish? To get a few acres of land in a safe place.
But Cornelia and Eli’s futures are linked. And so is their past. “You and I met,” Cornelia says to Eli. “It was in the stars.”
the first three episodes of English It succeeds in creating vast landscapes and sinister dangers of the Western world. The cinematography here is excellent and a feast for the eyes. Since the series was filmed abroad, Spain stands in for the Wild West.
For the most part, viewers are intrigued by some of the characters in this western region. I realize that it doesn’t matter. Perhaps more appalling is the havoc inflicted on the white man, especially on the Indigenous community at large. Spall’s David Melmont comes to mind. His character is literally the center of darkness. Still, it gives Spall the opportunity to steal many scenes and his bone-chilling performance. English It’s for books.
McAuliffe’s Black-Eyed Mog is an enhanced frontier woman who appears less frequently but is sure to inspire you. The actors who introduce and embody them are pitch perfect.But what about the real story English? Does it get the job done?
Is it worth investing in English?
Simply put, yes. Episode 4 takes place 15 years before the events first introduced in Episode 1 and successfully ties the creative dots together. This backstory helps Cornelia understand what’s really at stake. It also brings unthinkable evil powers.
Artistically and thematically, I couldn’t get enough English. I wanted more. In that regard, Brick has done his job. Core themes of identity and revenge are woven into a gripping allegory that also touches on race, power and love. The middle episodes tend to droop just a little bit. Like a bullet bouncing off a wooden porch or a barn, I wonder where things land, and I fear that the story has lost its footing because the first half was so good. But like roping a cow, Brick puts things back in the right direction. This is revealed during the investigation of a series of strange and eerie unsolved murders by local sheriff Robert Marshall (played by Ray) and young widow Martha Myers (Valerie Pachner). This is where you get the full story of Cornelia and Eli’s intertwined history, and the passion you see in the second half of episodes 5 and 6 is one of the best he’s ever experienced in a western.
Many things are at stake as Cornelia and Eli’s volatile and often violent journey unravels and falls into the hands of another writer, producer and director, and Blick is all three. There’s also depth and tenderness as we learn more about her predicament. Her bond with Eli is instinctive as her past trauma comes to light. These are really promising characters.
English One of the most passionate westerns to hit the screen. Blunt and Spencer are cinematic gold. The cast shines. The acting is strong, effective, and to some extent soul-stirring. Half-hearted dips aside (easily forgiven), Brick’s big dive into Westerns is “horse opera,” to use his term.
English Coming to Amazon Prime Video on November 11th.
https://movieweb.com/the-english-review/ Get in the saddle and enjoy this charming Chase Western