Netflix’s ‘Marco Polo’ is so plodding that it’s practically binge-proof

December 11, 2014 5:28 PM

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Watching “Marco Polo,” Netflix’s extravagant but stultifying period drama about the legendary 13th-century traveler, is about as exciting as discovering a new Pier 1 Imports in the strip mall. (That might be more exciting, actually.)

Bearing the imprimatur of the Weinstein Brothers as executive producers and created by screenwriter John Fusco (whose previous work includes the Jackie Chan and Jet Li movie “The Forbidden Kingdom” and the “Young Guns” Westerns three decades ago), “Marco Polo” boasts a lot of Far East flash and cine...

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