I’m a bit behind posting my thoughts on part II of Birdsong. The conclusion of the series did not disappoint. I know that there have been some mixed reviews about this adaptation, but I felt the production was solid throughout and thoroughly enjoyed it.
One of the main complaints has been the flashbacks to Stephen’s life before the war threaded in throughout his wartime experience. But as I said before, I think this only strengthened the story. The horrors of the war are so vividly depicted that the viewer needs a chance to escape to a time before the nightmare began, just as it is likely the soldiers would have done when things became too much to bear.
Birdsong portrays the First World War very well, hitting all of the major notes that made this war so devastating, including the horrendous loss of life during the Somme Offensive. I don’t want to write too much in the event some of you have not seen it, but I strongly urge you to watch it online on PBS while it is still available.
There’s also a good interview with Eddie Redmayne about his role as Stephen Wraysford which you can read here.