FILM: Sharpe's Rifles (1993, Tom Clegg)
While not completely faithful to the book, (but, really, what movie is?) this movie was delightful. I think Sean Bean was an excellent choice and does a fantastic job of portraying Richard Sharpe with his gruff, no-nonsense look that he can counteract with his dashing, confident air and smile. It's a little difficult to reconcile this Sean Bean with the Sean Bean that played the skeevy Boromir in Fellowship of the Ring so, very impressed with his ability.
Anyway, I didn't care for David Troughton as Arthur Wellesley (eventually the Duke of Wellington). He was good, but there was a huge discord between his portrayal of Wellesley and the one I concocted in my imagination while reading the books. Maybe I imagined a younger, friendlier face with a discordant harsh demeanor and Troughton has a harsh look with his harsh demeanor. I am, however, looking forward to seeing him as The Doctor when we get to his portion of the series.
Brian Cox confused me in his character choices. I enjoyed it because his character was confusing in the books. I was never completely confident where Hogan stood and constantly expected a wild twist with regard to his role in the narrative. Daragh O'Malley was lovelier than I imagined Harper to be. I was initially put off him because his appearance wasn't as grandiose as I imagined Harper, but when he gets snarky with the Frenchman "dressed like an undertaker" and he and Sharpe begin to understand each other, he was perfect and better than I imagined. I am looking forward to the next installment in this series.