Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan did not, in my opinion, put out a truly successful film with Manchester by the Sea; but he does better, without quite redeeming himself, in the scenario-penning for Howards End (2018), a four-hour TV miniseries. I have watched more than the first two hours of the show on Amazon Prime and love how limpid and fundamentally profound it is.
Because of landscapes near the sea and very winning costumes, the “film” is twice as lovely-looking as Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility. I am much enjoying Hayley Atwell and Philippa Coulthard as reformist young women of the early 20th century and Matthew Macfadyen in all his solidity. E.M. Forster’s Howards End is yet another novel I have not read; I suspect I wouldn’t want it said that this Howards End is yet another TV series I have not seen. More on the show later.