Last night we watched the final episode in HBO's mini-series adaptation of David McCullough's book on John Adams. From beginning to end it really was a remarkable production (by Tom Hanks) that showed the human dimensions of the American Revolution stripped of all of the high-minded pretension that goes with so much of the history that gets passed down as neatly as the posed lines of all-present signers in a John Trumbull painting. The subject was both a deeply flawed but remarkably courageous human being. If you have a chance to see John Adams, I highly recommend the whole thing. Our entire family was just mesmerized by it. The cinematography alone is sweeping, detailed, and breathtaking. If you can see it in HD, then by all means do so.
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