Review: 'Wallander' on PBS
Based on a series of novels by Henning Mankell that have been translated into many languages and sold many copies around the world, "Wallander" stars
Apart from his Shakespeare adaptations, and even including some of them, Branagh's career choices have not always been commensurate with his talent as an actor. But if he's no longer a golden boy, there's something about him as he creeps up on 50 that's even more appealing, and he makes a neat fit for the gone-to-seed, world-weary Wallander, who no longer knows why he does what he does but works even harder at it to avoid dealing with his inability to sort out his own life.
I recommend the series, though Sunday's opening film, "Sidetracked," does present a bit of a stumbling block. It is stylized to a fault, a riot of saturated color, reflections, distortions, and arty shallow focus that might work for the length of a music video or pharmaceuticals ad, but is distracting and distancing across the course of a feature film. (The cinematography is by Anthony Dod Mantle, who photographed "
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