I had a glance at Mildred Pierce on HBO a while ago and was attracted by the “look” of this TV show. After seeing Kate Winslet’s winning Emmy award this year, I decided to watch this show from beginning to end. After I did it I was totally satisfied!
Different from most other contemporary movies or TV shows that mostly focus on mystery, romance or violence, the story of Mildred Pierce focuses on protagonist’s passion – passion for her daughter and her career, and eventually, the cruelty of fate. At the end, despite of the fact that all things go wrong, life of Mildred Pierce continues.
I think it is precisely this theme (passion) that gave KW plenty of room to display her talent of acting.
After I finished watching the TV series, I found there is an original movie in 1945 by the same name. I too watched the movie. I must say, KW’s performance is not any less than Joan Crawford’s, except KW’s reached a deeper level of exploring the complexity of a mother’s emotion.
Prior to watching Mildred Pierce, I watched Revolutionary Road and The Reader. KW’s was leading actress in both movies and I was highly impressed. I will be totally proud of being called a Kate Winslet fan. That’s how much I love her.