Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hatfields & McCoys - The Cool Black Review

Kevin Costner (left) and Bill Paxton (right) as their characters in Hatfields & McCoys

I liked Hatfields & McCoys, a good old fashion tale of revenge. This feud proves that war is war no matter what scale it’s waged on. While it got a little melodramatic at times this was a good miniseries especially if you like westerns. 
Hatfields & McCoys is a three-part 2012 television miniseries based on the Hatfield–McCoy feud produced by History channel. Each episode aired for two hours on May 28, 29, and 30, 2012 and starred Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as the chief Hatfield & McCoy respectfully. 
The entire cast of characters, and there were an entire cast of characters on both sides of the feud were really good, replete with their country twang, but Kevin Costner did an outstanding job as the chief Hatfield “William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield”

Apart from the story I was amazed at the total authenticity of the miniseries. The miniseries had really great direction by Kevin Reynolds and outstanding cinematography by Arthur Reinhart, outdoor cinematography—in the woods—day and night! (For the record it’s kind of hard to balance light outside especially at night)

I also have to mention the other components of the crew that lead to the miniseries’ authenticity. Production Design by Derek R. Hill, Art Direction by Serban Porupca and John B. Vertrees, Set Decoration by Sally Black, Costume Design by Karri Hutchinson and the 11 people in Makeup. 

These were the grungiest country folk you ever seen in your life, but it was due to their rural lives of the 1800s. Because of the great work of the people I mentioned above you were transported to that time of the 1800s and believed every second of it. Without their painstaking authenticity the miniseries wouldn't have been as good as it was.

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