A Good One
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This minseries had likeable people and a story that moved along and kept me interested. It is my own opinion that they should have kept the original actors from chapters 1-4 and aged them for the last two chapters. The change was too jarring and not believable. The actors looked and most importantly, acted thier roles too differently. it really did not mesh...still, a good story and the all imortant happy ending"
A Dinner of Herbs Movie Review
amy N Heaton | Knoxville, TN | 01/16/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The first two tapes of the epic were great but the later part of the story told on the third tape didn't seem to fit with the first two. I felt as if i watched two different movies. Overall I enjoyed the film but think that a more fitting actress should have could have been chosen to play the role of the Mary Ellen in her later years!"
Good first half, second half weak.
SereneNight | California, USA | 10/02/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Dinner of Herbs is the story of a group of childhood friends Roddy, Hal and Mary Ellen. They become friends after Roddy's dad is mysteriously killed. As they grow older, friendship turns to love and Mary Ellen falls hard for Roddy. She seduces him and becomes pregnant leading her to lose her job and to be scorned by the villagers.
I found the first dvd interesting. The second dvd, the last 2 episodes they changed actors and actresses and fast-forwarded 20 years to when Mary Ellen and Roddy's girl Kate is older. Different actors and actresses and kind of silly plot device involving Kate's two fiancee's rather bored me. Kate seemed to be overly favored by her parents and I felt a bit sorry for the other children. The actor who played her second fiancee wasn't a good fit. He had zero emotional range and I expected him to be a villain. He hardly ever smiles and seems very dour. The fight scene between him and Kate's dad was terrible.
This was worth a view, especially for the first 4 episodes but the last 2 were not my favorite."
L. Jerome | Silver Spring, Maryland USA | 04/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have enjoyed all of Ms. Cookson's novels-to-movies. This one was no exception. A sweeping saga covering 25 years with stories of greed, love, lust and murder. A great cast and believable storyline makes this movie a must-see for Cookson fans."