ITV’s new adaptation of Vanity Fair debuted on Sunday night (in direct competition with BBC1’s Bodyguard), and drew a mixed reaction from fans on Twitter – with many complaining about the use of CGI in a period drama.
The next biggest nit-pick was the implementation of CGI to bring the world of 19th century Britain to life (read more about how it was done here) – followed by some criticism with the way some of the characters looked directly into the camera.
“The way this is going, (contemporary music, overlit, CGI) I wouldn’t be surprised to see Becky texting someone soon…” @Alfredoshead wrote. “And stop breaking the fourth wall, it’s Thackeray, not Deadpool.”
The way this is going, (contemporary music, overlit, CGI) I wouldn't be surprised to see Becky Texting someone soon…😎, And stop breaking the fourth wall, it's Thackeray, not "Deadpool."…. #VanityFair
I really tried to get into #VanityFair last night, it was so poorly acted and written that I couldn't take it seriously as a period drama. The shots of Cooke looking into the camera took me off guard too, nope no thank you '@ITV
However, despite this wave of criticism, there were plenty of people who were mesmerised by the world created by the show, many of whom reserved particular praise for Olivia Cooke’s performance.
“Don’t understand all the hate for Vanity Fair,” Becca Henderson tweeted. “I really enjoyed it, loved Olivia Cooke, love them breaking the 4th wall now and then and the CGI wasn’t so bad. People can’t just enjoy anything and relax these days.”
Don't understand all the hate for #VanityFair I really enjoyed it, loved Olivia Cooke, love them breaking the 4th wall now and then and the CGI wasn't so bad. People can't just enjoy anything and relax these days 🤔