Simply put, “John Adams” is a story of a New England family during 18th century Massachusetts at the dawn of the birth of the United States of America. What sets them apart is that they played a crucial role in the road to independence of these American states from their British colonizers. Moreso, the father and son served as presidents of the young USA.
I would say that John Adams, his son, John Quincy Adams, his wife, Abigail, and the rest of the Adams family (including the more famous Samuel Adams) contributed much to the freedom that Americans are experiencing today since 1776. HBO did a lovely adaptation of David McCullough’s biography of the same title. I love to watch historical pieces, especially biopics, and “John Adams” is one of those that I could not resist watching until I finished all 7 parts (about an hour for each part, I finished the whole series in three days – watching it on top of my regular schedule). The depiction of the era and the cinematography is realistic, and living in Massachusetts and having visited some of the historical sights in and around Boston made the series more interesting and relatable. The acting was delivered effortlessly by Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney as John and Abigail. It was also a learning experience for me as well, since I am not a student of American history. If you have extra time this July 4th weekend, amidst the barbecue parties and the fireworks (for the folks here in the USA), or if you are quite curious or want to know more about America’s road to independence from the eyes of one of its greatest patriots and founding fathers, watch John Adams. (Originally written on 16 June 2009).