Thought I’d throw up a thread to talk about Netflix’s The Witcher show. I finished watching over the weekend and was pretty pleased with the adaptation and production overall. The CGI for some of the monsters isn’t amazing but it is serviceable and I like the mixing with old-school horror practical effects. I felt the pacing was pretty good and that there was great editing and cinematography. Henry Cavil really does a great job of going somewhere between the books and the games and his own interpretation of the character. His physicality in the role is great and all the other core cast were pretty good as well. The adaptation itself does a great job filling in things only hinted at in the books and condensing supporting roles in the short stories to need less screen time but still have the same impact.
My only reservation is that the story is structured in a way to introduce you to characters and ideas in a specific order that isn’t strictly chronological but instead tells the arcs of the main characters in their progression simultaneously (Think Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk where you have the narrative of 3 widely different time-spans split up and given equal time). I think this works really well from a character building perspective, but could definitely confuse new comers. The show moves fast and assumes you can keep up or at least work it out for yourself over time (there are no “location : time” style titles).
I really enjoyed the soundtrack and character leitmotifs and also Jaskier/Dandelion’s ballads.