Wolf Hall, the second time around

I’ve been rewatching “Wolf Hall” — a historical drama about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell during the reign of Henry VIII — and loving it even more the second time around.

It’s not just because the period costumes and settings are so accurately rendered, or that the writers took great pains to make sure their dramatizations don’t contradict history, it’s mainly the incredible performance of Mark Rylance as Cromwell. (He’s most recently been seen as the jailed Russian spy in “Bridge of Spies” with Tom Hanks.)

Rylance is SCARY good, able to act without appearing to do anything at all other than staring. Yes, I know that sounds like a backhanded compliment/insult, but it’s not. He’s my new favorite actor. I will pay money to see him in anything.

Added bonus: I’ve succeeded in getting Ronnie hooked on another show.

If you like your historical drama literate, well-written and well-acted, “Wolf Hall” is for you. And in a few days the miniseries will be available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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