Part one of the mini-series ‘Madoff’ aired on Feb. 3, but the reviews were mixed — and I’m right there in the middle.
‘You wanna know how to get people to trust you with their money? I’ll tell you right now. You present it as an exclusive thing, an elite club for the chosen few — of course thats just the hook. Nothing on Earth makes people want something more than telling them they can’t have it. You play hard to get. You make them sweat. And then — once they’re in — you make them feel safe.” That’s the voiceover that kicked off ABC’s miniseries, Madoff.
As you can see from the intro, this story was all about the lavish lifestyle that Bernie (incredibly played by Richard Dreyfuss) and his wife, Ruth (Blythe Danner) lived — and how that Ponzi scheme worked out. The show was loosely based on a book, The Madoff Chronicles, written from ABC News’ Brian Ross.
During part one, we saw the resentment growing from his family — specifically his two sons who later passed away (one from suicide, the other from cancer). When Andrew (played by Danny Defarrari) reveals that he has cancer, you see the cold money-driven side of Bernie, and the human emotion is missing. Even at the end of the first part, when he is approached by investigators, he’s at his niece’s wedding. is he worried about ruining the wedding? Not so much.
Over all, part one was informative, and showed, yes, he was a scumbag and no, his wife was not an accomplice. My complaint about the special was this: what about the people that were affected? Blythe, of course, was flawless in her role, and Richard Dreyfuss was outstanding and actually in a word, creepy, with how good he was at portraying Bernie. However, it would have been nice to see more of how Bernie’s actions effected others. Instead, we almost felt bad for him. The crook. And at the end of the day, that’s not how any of us in real life actually felt.
Did you think that it was good? Will you watch part two tomorrow night? Let us know.