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Neil Jordan is the author of several critically-acclaimed novels including Mistaken, The Dream of a Beast, Sunrise with Sea Monster, Shade, and Night in Tunisia, a collection of short stories which won the Guardian Fiction Prize. He has written, directed and produced a large number of Academy Award-winning films including The Crying Game, Michael Collins, Interview with a Vampire, The End of the Affair, and Ondine. He was the Creator and Executive Producer of the Emmy-nominated Showtime series The Borgias. He lives in Dublin.
on Aug. 14, 2013 :
The Borgia Apocalypse was a total pleasure to read. Was it everything I wanted? Well...no, but within the 2 hour time constraint, it did a fine job of delivering closure and a little bit more.
There are three key relationships in The Borgias. 1)Cesare and Rodrigo. Season 3 resolved much of their conflict and what we see in the screenplay is a continuation of that new forged relationship. Well done. 2)Cesare and Micheletto. Their strange, co-dependent yet touching relationship is highlighted beautifully in this series ender. Of all the characters, I felt Micheletto had the best closure. The only one possible for this tremendous character. 3)Cesare and Lucrezia. Problematic. The time constraint is, sadly, very much in evidence here. Lucrezia's character comes off like a complainer and there is just not enough time for Lucrezia's deep feelings of love for her brother to transition into what they do in a believable way. ( The fandoms will have the most trouble with this.) I will subtract only one star because I can see the utter tragedy Neil was shooting for. It just didn't quite work in a 2 hour movie format.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)