I watched the HBO miniseries John Adams this weekend and it was amazing. Although I am definitely what you would call a “nerd”, I really believe that even if you aren’t as cool as me, you will enjoy this series. If you’ve ever felt like your eyelids were being pressed down by a band of Sumo wrestlers in history class – whether that was two or thirty-two years ago – you MUST watch this. It’s an overused expression, but John Adams truly brings “history to life”.
Paul Giamatti may well be the most underrated actor in Hollywood. You may not recognize his name, but google his picture. Trust me, you know who he is. Unfortunately, Giamatti was not blessed with the face of George Clooney or the body of Mark Wahlberg. But, then those A-listers never would have even been considered for the honor of portraying Mr. Adams, so suck it you two beauty queens! Paul Giamatti rocks!
Things I learned from John Adams:
– Not only do we adults have it way too easy in this life, but so do our children. The next time one of your whining kids complains about getting a shot, show them the scene where Mrs. Adams (Abigail) decides to “inocculate” herself and her children, despite the associated risks. Long story short, the doctor slices your arm and then shoves a sharp, pointy stick covered with puss from a small pox pustule into said cut. Wow.
– John Adams represented the accused British soldiers in the so-called “Boston Massacre”, despite the extreme public pressure not to do so. And, more importantly, he won.
– John Adams was a farmer and lawyer who never owned a slave.
– John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were friends (despite some definite conflict at times) who died on the same day: July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, of which they both had a huge hand in, both literally and figuratively.
I learned much more than that, of course, but I don’t want to give away the whole thing.
If you do decide to take my advice, be sure to watch the “Making of John Adams” in the Special Features section. It’s very interesting to see how much work they put into making this as historically accurate as possible.
Oh, and on a side note, I cried when they read the Declaration of Independence. I also cried (like, A LOT!) during the very last part. Basically, many people die who you’ve grown to love.