THE ENGLISH is a stunning tale about a cruel, harsh, and evil time in American history. It is a western with a slow burn, phenomenal acting, and fantastic cinematography. 

I would never be able to say enough about Emily Blunt’s performance as Cornelia, the aristocratic English lady “hell-bent” on revenge. She was brilliant in her portrayal. She commanded your attention in every frame. My heart broke for her grief, yet she gave viewers a gift of power, resiliency, and vulnerability. Emily’s silent moments and steely stares were mesmerizing. It was as if we were all in a master acting class filled with intentions and strong choices. Kudos. I stand in awe of her talent.  

Chaske Spencer as Eli was spectacular as well. Their chemistry together was the glue that held this limited series in such high esteem. They were a quiet force of nature that propelled the story forward every step of the way. Intense and compelling. His angst and control were sheer agony and delight. His gazes were pierced with pain and passion for his people. I could not take my eyes off him. When he reached for his gun or cried out in Native chanting, I could not be still. Bravo. 

The scenery and the locations told their own story about western American history. The vast horizons pulled us deep within every time. The image of that “snow angel” created from dust will remain with me. It touched my soul. The entire ensemble never held back and took viewers on a journey filled with hatred, loss, revenge, and redemption. It was not an easy ride. 

THE ENGLISH was a well-done slice of who we were and still are today. It pushed the “shame” button repeatedly for me. Red poppies brought tears to my eyes. Will we ever learn to do and be better to our fellow humans? I don’t have that answer, but I know we can’t forever hold our heads in the “dust” and ignore our flaws. 

THE ENGLISH is available to stream on AMAZON PRIME. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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