I thought Paul Rhys was brilliant as Beethoven, in what was surely a most demanding role, with huge fluctuations of temperament. He portrayed with utmost sensitivity and humanity the spiritual struggles between Beethoven's unrealistically high moral expectations and his natural inclinations, in for example, the scenes with brother Carl's family, his nephew and his Immortal Beloved. Similarly the scenes of the agonies, struggles and frustrations of the master's increasing deafness, and its effects on his life and music, were incredibly movingly acted, as were Beethoven's sufferings at the hands of his doctor, which all but reduced him to a mere shadow of humanity. I had tears in my eyes on more than one occasion.
What struck me about Paul Rhys's portrayal was the sensitivity and strength of character with which he played the composer - a unique genius who suffered unimaginably. It must have been exhausting at times! In my view, Paul Rhys deserves an award for this. Very well done! I do hope that he sticks to high quality drama and literature, as in my view he is a brilliant, versatile, and obviously intelligent, actor. But by the same token, he deserves to be shown more on TV.moreless