Streaming Sunday features TV series or movies adapted from books I’ve read, offered on at least one streaming service and I’ve watched.
Anatomy of a Scandal is a six-episode series screen adaptation of the book of the same name by Sarah Vaughan. It’s a story about a sexual consent scandal among the British elite starring Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery and Rupert Friend, currently streaming on Netflix.
In the interest of full disclosure, I have the book but didn’t get a chance to listen to it before watching the series. When I realized it stars Sienna Miller, who I believe doesn’t receive the accolades she merits, I couldn’t wait. So, I don’t have a book-to-screen comparison. It’s impossible for me to read the book after seeing the screen version and I didn’t want to forgo the opportunity to feature this provocative series.
Even though the series has received average to low scores on sites like Rotten Tomatoes, I firmly believe it deserves watching (89% of those rating it on Google liked it). The themes are relevant and important, presented in a stunningly balanced way using subtlety and nuance. Miller delivers one of her best performances, reflecting a transition from deliberate cluelessness to complete enlightenment not only of the issues but her own self awareness. Her scenes alone justify the commitment to the six episodes.
The series takes a bit to take off as the initial scenes aren’t presented in a linear way. You’re thrown into the middle of the scandal and then carried back to the past as those events become relevant to the present. It’s almost like how your own mind would recall those events when prompted or triggered by moments in the present. I have a feeling that a great number of those giving low ratings bailed before finishing all the episodes. It is one of those slow burns that’s worth the wait for a fantastic payoff.
The courtroom drama is riveting, so much so that I didn’t even want to blink for fear of missing something in body language or dialogue. I have strong opinions about consent and what played out during the trial had me being realistic about the jury’s perspective on what they were seeing and hearing. Both lawyers were amazing and those scenes were expertly performed and directed.
This is one I think everyone should add to their streaming list. I watched it with hubby and we talked about the issues for almost and hour after we finished. And, the production is superb on every level, from the directing, to the acting on through the cinematography. It was released on April 15, 2022 and continues to stream on Netflix. Check it out.