The Good Lord Bird Updates: McBirde’s 2013 novel’s adaption, “The Good Lord Bird” is a seven-episode series. No marks can be blotted on the creation and performance of Ethan Hawke, who played the role of the abolitionist, John Brown.
The story was ready before the onset of the pandemic. Then what is the reason behind the delay? Guesses can suggest the possibilities of thoughts and nervousness in portraying bondage and the demeanor of the blacks before the civil war in America.
This story is brought to us through the vision of the slave, Henry, but mostly known as Onion. We witness Brown later emancipating him from the bondage.
Brown is a man of utmost humanity and compassion. He presumes Onion to be a girl and asks him to dress up in a frock. This very confusion of Brown has been proved to be a great boon for Onion. Since it saved him from really a cutthroat situation.
The story basically revolves around Onion. After escaping from slavery, he is seen joining hands with Harper’s Ferry in order to strike a slave revolt. In vain, it was a complete failure of expectations on the part of Onion. Though it led to the surge of a Civil War.
Focusing on Brown’s struggles and campaigns as well as the various occasions at Armory, the concluding three episodes. Though at some parts, the incorporation of few depictions in the show may drive historians a little bit uneasy.
We acknowledge that during some exigencies, Onion and Brown are sometimes dispersed. Whenever Hawke’s appearance is not marked on the screen, the show becomes a little bit lifeless. Johnson looks too appealing to the audience.
The Good Lord Bird also stars a few small performances, Wyatt Russell, as the very courageous J.E.B. Stuart, Orlando Jones a person of bad luck and also a railroad porter, and Brooks Ashmanskas as a descendant of George Washington.
He was taken into captivity by Brown’s people. We also have, Crystal Lee Brown who is marking her appearance in a handful of scenes as Sibonia, basically a slave by form and whose role is to enact to be mentally retarded.
Wrapping up all flavors of thrill, intellectually, and suspense, the series deserves all great hail and glory. It is a must-watch for all, who can perceive it’s the truest sense.