This is so damn good, I can see why some sophisticated filmgoers still watch teevee. Fortunately, I got a copy on DVD; I stopped watching TV after they cancelled "It's About Time". Great stuff, especially if you understand the context of McCarthyism, Roy Cohn, and so on. Perhaps the best made-for-tv film I have ever seen. Everything about it is great.
While I thought it was well done, I would have preferred less of the famous movie actors. Broadway actors work their asses off to define a character, and then Meryl Streep and Al Pacino step in and snag the roles for the movie. Where was Ron Leibman? Marcia Gay Harden? At least they had Jeffrey Wright.
Lavish production, like we've come to expect from HBO. From the amazing cast, to the wonderful cinematography, all the imagery, the script, the music, the direction and production values... It's TV at its best. The six-part structure works really well. And each time an episode started you had that epic main title sequence which was always nice!
Having been a play first, it is not surprising that the dialogue is extremely good. I found myself captivated by the story and characters, and I suppose a large part of that was due to the script. And with that, I have to say that all the actors are all great. Each performance is awards worthy. Visually it is a great film, with many shots that are spectacular; it is, overall, very good, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
4.5 stars. A thoroughly astonishing adaptation of the play. Knockout performances from the entire cast. I watched the whole thing in two uninterrupted sittings and the experience left me reeling (in the best of ways). [The final scene doesn't sit well with me, but that seems like an ungrateful complaint in light of all that precedes it.]