It took the first one or two episodes for me to get into this, so definitely a slow burn, but the more I watched it, the more I really got into it and the more I became invested and it was more interesting to me. Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans, and Ted Levine were all great; I'm not sure how much I liked the Dakota Fanning casting choice, but by the end of the series she had grown on me a little bit. I would have appreciated more closure with the last episode... maybe the book provides more info?? Definitely a book to look into. Also: this show is gory, bloody, not for the fainthearted, so be careful if you're watching this around little kiddos.
I am not a fan of period pieces BUT I did enjoy this series. It did lag at some points but it more than made up for it overall.
Highly engaging crime drama though the pace is a bit uneven as the subplots dwell into the social ills, organized crime, corruptions and women's suffrage movement in NYC back in the days. Many of the images and inferred acts take a strong stomach to watch ... kudos to the makeup artists all the same. Overall, a very good murder mystery with a core of interesting characters in their quest to identify and stop a killer who is more monstrous than Jack the Ripper who was terrorizing London around the same time, circa 1888-1989.
Brian Geraghty - Teddy Roosevelt: influential reformist and NYC Police Commissioners (who would become POTUS 1901 – 1909.)
Daniel Brühl - Dr. Laszlo Kreizler: psychiatrist (alienist) and former Harvard classmate of Roosevelt.
Luke Evans - John Moore: New York Times illustrator and former Harvard classmate of Roosevelt.
Dakota Fanning - Sara Howard: Roosevelt's secretary and the first woman employed by the NYPD, Vassar College educated.
Isaacson twins: both were detective sergeants with the NYPD; keen on crime scene investigation innovations.
Beautifully filmed, lovely costumes, and accurate settings. I have not read the book. They showed the brutal poverty of the people in the tenant houses, and the filthy streets of the time. Then the juxtaposition of the extremely rich, and powerful 400 of NYC is sobering. The corruption of the police and the city leaders such as Boss Tweed type scoundrels did not help the ordinary citizen, much less a child prostitute. The shocking facts of child prostitution was one of the Victorian eras greatest scandals. Poor people did sell their children or had them snatched off the streets by pandering villains who did offer candy to the poor children unused to such treats. This gives the phrase want some candy little girl its origins. By 1896 when this series takes place, some reforms were taking place. Teddy Roosevelt was commissioner of the NYC police at one time, and I enjoyed his evolvement in the murder mystery. Well done, and enjoyed the series.
I read The Alienist when it first came out in 1994. The book written by Caleb Carr was made into a mini-series. I watched it on Hoopla (available under downloads at the top of the library page.) The book was interesting to me because it combines mystery with history. Laszlo Kreizler is an alienist or someone who studies mental illness to see why the person is alienated from human nature (like a modern day psychiatrist/psychologist.) It is 1896 in NYC and someone is killing children in the city. The NYC police chief is Teddy Roosevelt. He enlists Kreizler in hopes of catching the serial killer. NYC is a divided city between the well-to-do upper class (J.P. Morgan makes an appearance in the story) and the poor immigrant class. It is a rather grim tale with bodies being mutilated and eyes getting torn out. Carr wrote a sequel The Angel of Darkness (1998) which I need to read.
I read Caleb Carr's book "The Alienist" in 1994. Although the book dealt with child murders, it did not have the horrible gruesome content of this terrible series. The credits state that Carr was part of the production, so I am disappointed if he contributed to the gratuitous violence of this tv show. In addition there is animal murder which compounds the brutality. This is another example where a decent mystery is turned into bloody, aberrant, graphic violence unnecessarily. Shame on the producers / writers of tv shows or films that cater to the lowest common denominator. Intelligent people do not need or require werewolves, vampires, and graphic body mutilation to enjoy a good mystery. This terrible show seems to aim at titillating the grotesque and prurient in the viewer. A good mystery by definition usually includes a murder, but this film degrades the book and the observer. Kristi & Abby Tabby
The first 20 minutes were hideous. At which time I shut it off.
Victimization, cruelty to children, morbid.
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