Watch The Last Kingdom online free – With the plethora of mediocre historical series out there, I did not expect much from this show. I, however, was utterly blown away by how compelling it is, and by the excellent acting by all. The subject matter is fascinating, and it depicts well the harshness of living, and surviving, in a barbarous world, with an emerging, equally barbarous “new” religion. The casting was terrific. The actor who played Scorpa, the Dane of the White Horse, was beyond fierce. An unforgettable presence. I was especially, impressed by the lead, Alexander Dreymon, whom I had never seen before. As the series progresses, you really see this guy’s acting chops. His range is from the tender to the ferocious. He has a bunch of us hooked, and we cannot wait for the next season.
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Review The Last Kingdom by sofnascimento7 – Keeping the soul of the books intact, The Last Kingdom delivers a extraordinary historical tale.
In a way, BBC’s The Last Kingdom is a first ever experience for me. It’s certainly not the first series I watch, nor it’s the first series based on books, not even historical fiction books. But it’s the first series which I’d read the books it is based on way before it was even announced. So seeing it rumored, then officially announced and finally premiered was very interesting and exciting. I had a lot of hopes and fears for this. And I’m so gladly to say that based on the first two episodes of the series, my hopes were made into reality and my fears into joy. And so, inspired me to write my first review here.
I’ll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible, but some are impossible to avoid.
The Last Kingdom tells the history of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a Saxon noble who is captured and raised by the Danes, first as a slave and then as a son. His future will be one of battle within and without, fighting against powerful warlords and struggling between his love for the Danes and their culture and his duty for the Saxons.
In many ways, talking about how this series make this simple enough premise into a engrossing story full of nuance is talking about how the books do it. Here there is a commitment to reality that goes beyond most historical shows, and I’m not talking only about the clothes, weapons or history itself, but characters, their motives and relationships. At the center of The Last Kingdom is its characters and the show presents and develops then masterfully.
Take Ælfric (Joseph Millson) for example, Uhtred’s uncle. When the young Uhtred (Tom Taylor) wakes up and realize his father went to war without him, he promptly go and ask him why he was left behind. His uncle barely talks to him and say he has to go and clear the stables. But the directing and acting in the scene makes it clear Ælfric has something sinister in mind. Uhtred get his pony and goes to join his father, and then you realize that that was Ælfric’s plan all along. It’s subtle and skillfully done, and with something that feel effortless you have a lot shown to you what Ælfric is all about.
When it comes to characters there is no compromise, they feel like real people that are just living their lives. Doing what they think is right and/or what is best for them and their loved ones. You won’t find good or bad here, nor one dimensional characters. By the end of the first episode, you will find you will have feeling for these people, both positive and negative. And in the end, that is what keeps you interesting in a series. And you will care for the fate of Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon), Brida (Emily Cox), Alfred (David Dawson) and the many other great characters that are present in the first two episodes.
And from them stem all the other conflicts in the series. The political plotting and machinations are ever present in the fractured world that these people inhabit, and the leaders of both the Saxons and Danes are constantly trying to get things working in their favor. Together with political issues, there is religion. Christianity is a defining characteristic of the English, and because of the Norse paganism, they view the Danes not only as enemy of the Saxons, by enemies of God. The Danes of the other hand, view Christianity with a disinterested curiosity. In one opportunity Uhtred explain Heaven as Valhalla without all the drinking, fighting and humping. This passage helps to illustrate a kind of ‘lightness’ that the series, just as the books, have. Maybe lightness is not the best word, since there is plenty of violence and moments that will leave you shocked, but the story is told in a way that feels amiable and pleasant. That is done is the series by skillful directing , writing (in the first two episodes done by Nick Murphy and Stephen Butchard respectively) and editing. That, along with its character, might be the two most appealing things about The Last Kingdom.
Add to that a great score, beautiful scenery and great acting (although a little bit inconsistent in some moments) and you have the recipes for a series that stand tall and deserves to be seen. No matter what you like, The Last Kingdom (the first two episodes together are a nice demonstration of everything good about this story) might offer something for you.
For the books fan in particular, this is a series that even when it changes the story of the book it feels it belong, Bernard Cornwell’s tone is ever present in it. Not to mention many small moments that shows the people responsible for the series really cared about the source material, like in shield wall battle (it doesn’t reach the greatness of the book, but then, what battle scene anywhere does?), there is a scene of people walking over a dead body, something that feels taken right from the book. Or a sword strike that comes from bellow. Even some of the more questionable changes feel justified. Like giving the Saxon rectangular shields. In the end it proves extremely valuable as a tool to differentiate Danes from Saxons. But without a doubt, this is a adaptation that work is all levels and will delight most readers.
Review The Last Kingdom by glees5150 – So far, i’m happy
I am a big fan of the books, so I was worried that this would not work for me.
I am not one of the fan boys who expects the on screen version to word for word and scene for scene mimic the exact story line from the novels, so I wasn’t raging around my living room when Uhtred’s childhood wasn’t given 4 episodes to develop. I am only two episodes in and it seems tales from uhtred’s childhood are being told, but he is witnessing them as a adult instead, and I can see why, with time constraints, this has been done. If things like this annoy you, then just re read the books, and rant to yourself about how much of a better job you would have done, but nobody would trust you with.
I have spent the last 10 years casting this in my head, who I would get to play the characters, never envisaging a time when it would be made, and I must admit, I am impressed with the casting. I especially think Ubba is spot on.
All in all so far, I am very happy. Things are different, but I can accept that, I think it is going to be excellent, and lets the BBC’s budget allows for the full tale to be told through to when Bernard calls a day on Uhthred.
Review The Last Kingdom by M Brizo – This show will pull you in if you give it a chance, a well done historical drama
I’ve heard of the books but have yet to read them. I binged watched the 1st 3 episodes so far, and was surprised that I really liked the adaptation. I’ve seen other pieces of this period (The Vikings, The Bastard Executioner) recently and liked this much more. I’m sort of glad I didn’t read the Cornwell’s books before seeing the show, as I did with the Outlander Series. I was constantly comparing the Outlander books to the show and disappointed at times that it was not same as the books which I loved. I’m sure the readers of Bernard Cornwell’s books will be doing the same. However, not knowing the original story, I can just judge the show on what I see presented.
So far, I really like the story. I like the acting all the characters are doing a great job. I very much like Alexander Dreymon’s portrayal of Uhtred. He brings the character to life. His acting makes me root for the character, and makes me want to see him succeed in gaining his land’s back. I also liked Emily Cox portrayal of Brida, Uhtred’s strength, I’m curious as to why Uhtred let her go back to the Danes when he obviously loves her. Their story has captured my interest and I’m looking forward to the rest of the episode. My one disappointment, was that I was sorry to see Matthew Macfadyen was only in the 1st episode. I really like Mathew’s acting and would of liked to see more of him. But that being said, the casting is brilliant. All the characters seem to fit my impression of who they should be.
BBC does a great job with its historical dramas. I don’t think you can go wrong watching this show. I’m glad I’ve something else I like now that I have to wait for more of the Outlander series. This will do nicely.
Watch out Sam Heughan, Alexander Dreymon has that same sex appeal.
Review The Last Kingdom by mb-155 – Some light in the Dark Ages
I really like this which is another hit rather than a miss for the BBC. The Last Kingdom now joins Wolf Hall and Poldark in its ability to transport me back in time.
Obviously this depends on how well you know any given time period. I am more pedantic about the last two world wars so not every BBC effort achieves this. People might love The Crimson Field but in no way did people speak or say things in WW1 that they did in that particular drama. For a reality check watch The Great War: The People’s Story.
Leaving that era aside we have now watched four episodes of The Last Kingdom and all have been excellent and “believable” if that’s the right word for what remains fiction. It must be difficult to get it right hence some people on here slating this series. Only slate it for historical inaccuracies if you are that obsessed but don’t knock the overall effort for what remains a “Dark Ages” drama.
Yet it actually feels like it was way back then. This has been achieved in far less stylised way than say Game of Thrones which is obviously not really grounded in any time period yet remains an excellent drama most of the time.
Also, with The Last Kingdom there is no gratuitous violence just for the sake of it as there is with some other offerings set in this same time period. You only get occasional violence within the story line so this gives you the opportunity to get interested in the love scenes too and these are not over the top. Also people are allied in all sorts of ways. The end scene in Ep4 was brilliant and sums up what I mean.
You can’t expect killings all the time. If you want more detail buy a copy of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle. Apparently there are plenty of deaths mentioned in that!