A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Russian czarist high society, politics, corruption, romance.
Positive Role Models
Pierre is philosophical, ethical; Andrei is narcissistic.
Violence & Scariness
Wartime violence; guns, cannons, swords, bloodshed, corpses.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong innuendo, sex acts; prostitutes. Brief partial nudity (breasts); an incestuous relationship.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (wine, champagne, vodka), drunken revelry.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that War and Peace, a BBC period drama based on Leo Tolstoy's epic novel of the same name, is a solid interpretation of the dense classic. It contains some moments of sexuality, including an incestuous relationship and brief nudity (partial breasts). War scenes also feature lots of bloodshed and bloody corpses, and there's lots of drinking and scenes of drunken revelry. Wealth, marriage, and Russian politics all come into play throughout the twisty plot. Teens should be able to handle it but most probably won't be too interested. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The elegantly robust, dramatic series offers a new generation of viewers a chance to watch Leo Tolstoy's complicated masterpiece unfold on the small screen. Due to the length of the saga (which is considered one of the longest ever written), this contemporary version manipulates the book's time line to facilitate the storytelling process. Nonetheless, it still manages to tell the tale with impeccable style, especially with the help of veteran actors such as Greta Scacchi, Gillian Anderson, and Jim Broadbent.
Fans of historical fiction will find it both smart and timeless. But viewers unfamiliar with the novel might find that keeping track of the multiple narratives and large ensemble cast a bit challenging when they first tune in. However, War and Peace is still worth the effort, as the political, philosophical, and romantic threads it spins captures the essence and spirit of Tolstoy's influential work. Best of all, it does so in a way that's highly entertaining.
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