I am only giving this movie a 1 for the great cast, though I can't imagine what any of them were thinking. This movie was horrible
The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful
There is, somehow, an interesting story here, as well as some good acting. There are also some good scenes
This doesn't really contain spoilers but does in terms of character development a bit. Every good story needs a protagonist you want to root for even if their actions are dark... but Gemma I so badly wanted to root for and just makes you dislike her more and more. There's also the cheesy parts like in ending of season 1. I actually can't believe I'm watching season 2. I can get into the idea that the character is a warning about how not letting go can make you into this person but I don't like most of the characters. I think the person wirh the most character development is acatually the Kate who has a minor role. Soap opera is the beat way to describe it. I hope there's some more character development and redemption.
I somehow kept watching, but there is so much wrong in this show. We're meant to have sympathy for the main character, but she's so hard to sympathise with her. Every decision she makes is just all wrong. And she's on the one hand over dramatic and on the other hand she's very passive. And lots of open ends on the first series in my opinion. I have now started series 2, I'm only 20 minutes in and I'm annoyed. But will probably still sit through it, since I've got nothing better to do.
Weak storyline. Gemma is beyond irritating. She's fickle and foolish but thinks she's cunning and bright. Bratty son runs away any chance he gets. It's just all so messy and boring.
'Doctor Foster' is by far one of the most enjoyable BBC series I've seen in a while. Whilst it's inherently flawed, with the characters' actions and the plot being rather unrealistic and far-fetched at times, there's no denying that this is a gripping series with a lot to offer. What sets 'Doctor Foster' apart from a lot of other series is that the lead, Gemma Foster (like the majority of the main cast) is utterly detestable. She's mentally unstable, illogical, rash, vindictive, vengeful and completely incapable of showing even an ounce of restraint or forgiveness. For people that criticise the show because Gemma is impossible to sympathise with fail to recognise that she's not SUPPOSED to be sympathised with. She's a morally grey character, neither protagonist or antagonist, but somewhere in between. Although, the series tries to lead us to believe her husband is the villain, her actions soon put her on a level playing field with him which leaves viewers constantly pondering over who we're supposed to be rooting for and who is right, if anyone. What makes the character of Gemma so interesting (aside from the writing itself) is Surranne Jones' fantastic portrayal of her. She manages to convey so much through her expressions alone and makes Gemma feel like a very unique character with clear identifiers. Bertie Carvel as Simon is the perfect co-star and has great chemistry with Surranne, whilst portraying Simon as equally as flawed and complicated as Gemma. Though the dramatics are often over the top, the series delves into the human psyche in a very thrilling way. It's easy to condemn Gemma's actions but it leads us to question what we would do in the same situation. No one can ever predict what's going to happen in the future or how they'd react if a certain situation arose that they never expected to. There was a sense of inevitability and stability that Gemma felt in her life which she thrived on and when that was ripped away from her (through no fault of her own) it led to a break-down in her mental state. Following the process of that is a wild rollercoaster and the unpredictability of it is what makes it so enjoyable to watch. The show itself is a thriller that has elements of a crime drama with Gemma taking it upon herself to investigate her husband's activities and get answers. The style of the show is aesthetically pleasing, with great use of camera angles and lovely scenic shots, whilst the music sets the mood. Though I'm a huge fan of the series I'm still debating whether the decision to make a second season was a good one. Personally, I feel the first season ended in a satisfactory way that tied up all the loose ends whilst also remaining open to give viewers the freedom to imagine what might've happened next. Season 2 dragged up old issues but made them even more explosive, dark and dramatic. Whilst season 2 was equally as enjoyable as season 1 (in parts), it didn't really add much more to the story than what we were shown in season 2 and ended in a much more frustrating and silly way. Overall, 'Doctor Foster' is a great show that benefits from having a fantastic lead in Surranne Jones and an incredibly flawed, complex lead in Gemma Foster with enough dramatics and twists and turns to keep viewers gripped.