Thursday, December 7, 2023

Netflix Series Review - All the Light We Cannot See


Netflix Series Review - All the Light We Cannot See
A couple of weeks ago, Fran was looking for something to watch on Netflix and came upon this Netflix limited series, "All the Light We Cannot See"

If you love historical fiction, like I do, you will love this limited series. We were hooked from the very first episode and binged the whole series in one night.

All the Light We Cannot See is based on the critically acclaimed novel by Anthony Doerr. 

The book was published in 2014 and was a New York Times Best Seller, and also won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. 

Netflix released the limited series on November 2, 2023. This series will have you on the edge of your seat through every episode.

Set during World War II the story follows two young individuals whose lives intersect amid the chaos of the war.

Newcomer Aria Mia Loberti as Marie-Laure LeBlanc, a blind French teenage girl and the daughter of Daniel LeBlanc played by Mark Ruffalo. 

Aria Mia Loberti is really blind and this was her first acting experience. 

Louis Hoffmann as Werner Pfennig, a young German orphan who eventually becomes a soldier specializing in detecting and tracking radio frequencies.

Lars Eidinger as Reinhold von Rumple, an officer of the SS who certifies and evaluates art, and jewelry.

Hugh Laurie as Etienne LeBlanc, a reclusive World War I veteran suffering from PTSD and the great uncle of Marie-Laure.

The series spans from the years 1934 to 1944. When Nazi Germany invades France, Marie, and Daniel flee to Saint-Malo to take refuge in her great-uncle's house.

All the Light You Cannot See is a rollercoaster of emotions as the series balances moments of intense drama, heart-melting romance, and the harsh realities of war.

 I was emotionally invested in the journey of each character. I found myself rooting for their triumphs and feeling their heartaches as their lives intertwined. You find out early on in this series what bonds Marie and Werner, and you are eager to find out how it ends.

Watch the YouTube Official Trailer here:

Now that I have seen this masterful limited series, I must read the book.

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  1. Sounds like a gripping series that I will definitely want to binge watch instead of watching over several nights. I'll be sure to set aside sufficient time before I watch the first episode. We are always looking for movies that we can enjoy together. Thanks for the review and recommendation!

  2. Sam, this sounds like an absolutely riveting miniseries! I wish we had Netflix so we could watch it. We may have to buy the audiobook, the next best think to the TV miniseries.

  3. I ended up binging this one too! Watch the whole thing in one evening-night! I was reluctant to start because I knew I'd love this one because I'm a huge Mark Ruffalo fan - I'll highly recommend this one as well!

  4. Looks like I'm with Margaret, I will have to look for the book we don't have a Netflix account. Sad for me but true. Thanks for the heads up though on a great series! I'm sure the book is just as riveting.

  5. I have just started to read this book. Thanks for the review of the movie. I think I will wait till I finish the book and then try to see it.

  6. This sounds like a compelling series that may be best to plan to watch in one go like you did. Love that you became emotionally invested in the characters as I prefer films where you feel like that. Sounds like a series and a book we would enjoy. Thank you for your review and recommendation!

  7. My favoritre period for historical fiction is around the times of World War II. THis Netflix series sounds very interesting. Thanks so much for introducing me to it, Sam.

  8. Thank you for highlighting the series and book for historical fiction fans!

  9. Had to come back and tell you that my husband & I watched this movie together and we both loved it! Thanks for the recommendation. Good movies are so hard to find


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