Neverwhere

I was finally able to watch Neil Gaiman’s BBC and A&E mini-series Neverwhere last week. I had it on my hold list at the library for a couple months, but was able to rent it instead, being discouraged by the fact that 18 people were ahead of me on the holds list. The wait was worth it, surely. While the production value of the film was not that of a Hollywood film (it reminded me of Dr. Who, likely because of the angles used by BBC shows), it had interesting characters, premise and setting that put it far above the majority of those films. Gaiman’s work on the film was evidet on every level, granting it humour, drama and wonder.
Neverwhere presented a story dealing with an underground London that was an entrance into Faerie and the conflict happening there. A mortal and a cast of Faerie characters embarked upo an adventure of the sort Gaiman has become famous for, crossing a land blending modern advancement with the magic of Faerie. Through the six hour series many delightful and degenerate characters and settings were brought to the screen, displaying invention uncommon in most television programs.
This mini series is certainly of interest to those who enjoy the work of Neil Gaiman, and is worthy of watching, but is perhaps not for everyone. It’s sadly in a group of films that require an acquired taste for the filming techniques used overseas that the mainstream has yet to explore. This is a lost gem that I and many others have overlooked. I encourage you to not do the same.

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