Film adaptations of hot novels can be very hit and miss. After all, not everything can be filmed exactly as it appears in the novel, and these changes can annoy fans. Still, that doesn’t stop studios attempts at making them, and Netflix’s latest limited series is based on Anthony Doerr’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning novel All The Lights We Cannot See.
All The Lights We Cannot See tells two stories. The first follows Marie-Laure (Aria Mia Loberti) a blind French teenager who spends her time in Saint-Malo. She sends coded messages to the Allied troops while searching for her missing father. The other focuses on a brilliant German soldier named Werner (Louis Hofmann). The Nazis enlisted him to track down the source of the radio transmissions. As their parallel stories race towards each other, they must avoid the dangers of the war that surround them.
Series creators Steven Knight and Shawn Levy have done an incredible job of recreating war-torn France during WW2. It helps you get into the mood of the story, which already stands on its own. Lead actors Loberti and Hofmann are perfect for their roles, and stand out among such stars as Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie. The only real complaint are Loberti and Ruffalo’s British accents, which makes it confusing to figure out where the characters are from.
Having four concise episodes, Netflix should have another hit on their hands with the mini-series, as fans of war, historical and drama films will all enjoy it.