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Setting aside unwanted distractions and conventional genre tropes, Amazon's new series is a thoroughly engaging vision that should prove quite pleasing to fans of Connelly's and cop stories alike.
It has a perhaps problematic lack of urgency, but I enjoyed the atmosphere, with Bosch coming across as a throwback hero without being overly anachronistic.
Welliver bites off a lot that he definitely can chew in Bosch. Finally he's the top-of-the-marquee star. It's hoped that Amazon Prime will keep it that way with at least several more seasons to come.
There must have been something in the books that got lost in adaptation. Never having read them, we can't say that Bosch was botched, but it could have been better.
Yet, Bosch actually feels gritty, riding Welliver's smooth baritone and lots of saturated cinematography to build out a serial murder case that is genuinely engaging.
A throwback journey through LA cop culture. One that feels at times, in terms of tone, like a police detective show from the 80s.
Welliver effectively shoulders that burden with a portrayal that's both gritty and playful, and he generally makes the dialogue work -- although some of the show's secondary characters are less than believable.
A battery of episode directors including the stalwart Ernest Dickerson builds a panoramic Los Angeles around Bosch, and he cuts through the city like a knife.
Does Welliver look exactly like the Harry [Bosch] I picture? No. Does he make me believe he is Harry? Indeed he does.
Audience Reviews for Bosch: Season 1
Mar 13, 2021Excellent story, well directed. Must watch patiently as it picks up pace.
Feb 09, 2021Absolutely brilliant. Watched it while the wife and I had to isolate and it literally kept us getting out of bed to binge the entire season. Welliver is extraordinary as Bosch but to single him out doesn't do justice to the other brilliant performances. Be advised watching this show is dangerous and you'll likely end up binging the other 5 seasons directly after.
Jan 06, 2021It would be pretty good, but the actors look at the camera ALL of the time, which is really off putting. I've never seen a production quite like it for that. Terrible job from the Director to let this stuff go. No decent Director would not film the shot again, doesn't do a lot for actor credibility either. The looking into camera does get slightly better as the seasons go on but continuity is shocking. This isn't a soap where deadlines are soooo tight. The car scene in S4 Ep6 is shocking. Jerry's headrest moves up and down so much it sends you dizzy. Edited - Up to season 5 now and although it has got better it still happens which keeps reminding you that you are watching a tv show. The plot and the actors are good but the Director/Producer should do shampoo Ad's Margot Rose plat a 1 minute role in 5/3 and looks more at the camera than Jerry, why not re-shoot that scene??? continuity 1/10 - Production 1/10 - Direction 1/10 - Is the camera person wearing a flashing hat!
Nov 16, 2020Bosch season 1 is full of twist and turns. Titus Welliver is excellent playing the dry, cunning, veteran cop known as Harry Bosch. The antagonist Waits is perfect for Bosch. If you like crime shows, you must give Bosch a watch.
Oct 16, 2020Starting is not perfect but not so sluggish. Story line kept me watching it.
Oct 03, 2020The Michael Connelly Bosch series is the best book series ever! Connelly is a great author packing continuous story and action in a very readable form. I've watch the entire Bosch TV series (seasons 1-6 so far). Season 1 was the worst but was still excellent and the seasons just keep getting better. I normally don't care for the streaming of a single story over a whole season, this format usually seems like 2 to 4 hours of television stretched out over 8 to 12 hours. Connelly provides an abundance of material in his books which packs the TV series with material, and they don't try to make one season based on a single book. An excellent, gritty police procedural, five stars all seasons! If you haven't already read the Bosch books, do it! Starts with "The Black Echo".
Aug 07, 2020Tries to make you sympathize with a murderer. Pure cringe.
Jul 09, 2020Great season one. There is amazing acting here, meshing highly detailed story lines. Even the family-time creates tension. Welliver makes the role his, despite not matching the image from the Bosch books, which paint Bosch as more like Dennis Franz. The conclusion to the serial killer plot could've been made more imaginative and violent, but it probably represents the reality of such creatures' finality. Michael Connelly was a police reporter, not a conductor of Wagner's operas.
Jun 05, 2020what I love about cop movies is you just can not get bored
May 17, 2020Great thriller with many twists. Acting very good. Only storyline out of place was Boschs romantic interest-did not buy into it.