TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Chilling Brit take on classic is for adults only.

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A Mostly Brilliant Reimagining for Young Adults and Up Only

Jekyll, starring James Nesbit and written by Steven Moffat, is a chilling, atmospheric, smart and surprisingly funny (in a very dark humor style of way) miniseries, that only really falters in the sixth and final episode; while the twists in it do ultimately make perfect sense and the final-twist is creative (without breaking its own rules), but the final part did, from a story perspective, leave me unsatisfied somewhat. But I cannot deny that the series up to that point, in particular Parts 2 & 3, were genuinely excellent. I could mark this as having too much violence or too much alcohol, as there are lots of those, but since this intended only for mature viewers, and in terms of the story they are exactly the right amount. HOWEVER, if you were planning on showing this to anyone 15 or under, I would advise you keep things such as intensely mature themes, some brutal moments of violence, and some strong sexuality (albeit no actual nudity) in mind, as they are present. The good thing for anyone below the recommended age watching this is that the story, while it certainly glorifies things like sex, violence and alcoholism, it also acknowledges that these are very much self-destructive, and that operating purely via the Id ultimately ends in a very undesirable way. The performances, editing and cinematography are all top-tier for 200X television, the dialogue is fast and sharp, and the themes are very explicit while not being told in an overly direct (let alone preachy) way. For adults: Very strongly recommended.

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