If you had come to me a year ago and said “John Turtorro will star in a remake of Name of the Rose, and you will like it,” I would have laughed at you. The Sean Connery vehicle from 1986 had come out when I was a kid and thoroughly confused me, so you could probably imagine my surprise, but the bottom line is that I do love monks solving murders, so of course I’m going to give The Name of the Rose (2019) a shot.
First, there’s not a heck of a lot of costume content to talk about (I know, I know). I mean, it is monks solving murders. But the show is incredibly engaging, and John Turtorro is fabulous (nobody, after all, “fucks with the Jesus”).
Mostly, it makes a lot more sense than the 1986 movie made because far more time can be devoted to Umberto Eco’s epic (in the literal sense of the word) plot over the course of eight episodes, versus one 120-minute film that is largely just Sean Connery being Sean Connery in a monk’s habit. But what this show lacks in costume content, it makes up in literally everything else, from the script (actually doing justice to Eco’s original), to the sets (OMG THE SETS), to the multi-national acting talent.
Ultimately, not every really good historical flick is going to have amazing costuming, but I feel it’s important to discuss these shows anyway. Because you never know what will really jump up and grab you, especially when you’re least expecting it.
Did you watch The Name of the Rose (2019)? What did you think?