I had pretty high hopes for this miniseries, which may have been part of the reason that I was so disappointed. In short I thought that NBC’s recreation of Rosemary’s Baby was a little bit of a lot of things and a whole lot of nothing. It had so many elements that were almost great but in the end it was just not…enough. It was a little thrilling, a tad bit sexy, but failed to fully delve into the creepiness and complexity of the story.
This modern adaptation is set in modern day Paris, which presents a beautiful setting for the grim tale of Rosemary and her journey to motherhood. For anyone who doesn’t really know anything about Rosemary’s Baby, it was originally a novel written by Ira Levin in 1967 and afterwards a cult classic film by Roman Polanski in the following year.
In all versions the story revolves around the young couple Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse. Unbeknownst to Rosemary, Guy makes a deal with the devil. The terms of the deal are that he and Rosemary will live a life of luxury and wealth in exchange for impregnating Rosemary with the antichrist. Twisted, I know.
I wasn’t overly thrilled with the performances either. Rosemary was portrayed by Zoe Saldana and Guy by Patrick J. Adams. It seemed as though through the whole miniseries Saldana had two emotions a passive doe-eyed housewife, and frantic. During the moments where she wasn’t flailing around and screaming erratically, she was somehow talked out of every intelligent thought that popped into her head by her husband and pushy friends. She seemed to have the wits of a thirteen year old girl; Rosemary was easily talked into the most insane things and had no life outside of their home. Which was strange considering that she was stated to be the previous breadwinner of the family and a modern woman. Adams was simply boring, which is something that I hate to say because I really like this actor. He simply portrayed Guy with just enough emotion not to be a robot.
Part of the reason why NBC was unsuccessful with this remake is because the restrictions that daytime networks such as this have. Censorship prevents them from making a successful horror production. I felt the same way with the ABC show 666 Park Avenue. It had the bare bones of a great horror tale but the execution was just too hokey. Nice try major networks, maybe next time.
The art of anticipation was absent in this series, viewers should have been on the edge of our seats. The corny montages of demonic worship and use of sex to symbolize the pull of sin was obvious and careless. If you haven’t watched the original, go watch it. Unlike this hot mess of a series it was a carefully crafted production.