I just wanted to report that two highly favourable two-page reviews have appeared in leading Dutch publications about Breaking Bad.
One in our most 'intellectual' Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad (two-page spread in its Cultural Supplement, with cover photo of Bryan - in his underpants of course ) from September 3, 2010.
The other in the television weekly VPRO-gids, another two page-article with Bryan in his undies, from October 9, 2010.
This wouldn't be so striking, hadn't it been for the fact that the series ... isn't shown in the Netherlands! The NRC review is based on the DVD release, the VPRO one ties in with the German-dubbed version which is now shown on the German-French cultural TV channel Arte.
Some choice quotes from the NRC:
"In Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston perfects what William H. Macy could only suggest within the limited duration of a movie [Fargo]. In a TV series which could have been made by the Coen Brothers, Cranston is given hours and hours to shape his character and to transform him, with the aid of an intelligent and subtle script."
"The shamelessness with which Bryan Cranston dives into his role is totally compelling. He is physically impressive, but keeps his facial expressions in check, because though Walt White gains a lot in courage, he doesn't care for showing off. With his thin lips, his mouth quickly turns into a sharp line in his face, which he can just twist a little to suggest despondency or contempt."
"Cinematographically, the series is attractive, with a singular colour scheme, "image rhyme" (corresponding imagery), and recurring image gags."
Some choice quotes from the VPRO-gids:
"Superb series ... one of the best, most surprising and best looking TV series of the past years ... visually striking ... extremely gripping, true-to-life dialogue ... Bryan Cranston gives his all as Walt White - he rightly won the best actor Emmy for three years in a row".
VPRO-gids link: "Cancer, drugs and financial worries":