Critic Consensus: Peaky Blinders moves at its own speed, taking its time to create a portrait of post-war Britain that's as bloody and brutal as it is impressively immersive.
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Peaky Blinders might just be worth the investment of a few stray hours. It's hardly revolutionary, but, like the industrial laborers in its 1919 Birmingham, England, setting, it gets the job done.
Peaky Blinders might find itself overwhelmed by a tide of historical baggage washing away any fine detail in the characterisations.
I chided David Harewood for not sounding fully Yank in the Homeland premiere, but then didn't notice his accent one way or the other in any subsequent episode because I was involved in the story.
Any lulls in the course of Peaky Blinders are more than accounted for by just getting to look at how wonderfully the series has resurrected Birmingham in the 1920s.
It is well acted and well directed and employs that meticulous attention to detail, but has yet to prove itself especially distinctive narratively.
Audience Reviews for Peaky Blinders: Season 1
Despite the striking initial impact, once you start digging into Peaky Blinders you find that this is a show without much depth or sense of pace and character development. It feels overly long even with only 6 episode for it's season. The villains lack any discernible motivation, the brothers are a nuisance and the female characters are underused because that's where relies most of the interesting bits. Still, visually it looks impressive and Cillian Murphy proves again he can do pretty much anything and glue you to the screen thanks to his charisma and well-balanced role. The musical choices are another huge draw for me... It just doesn't work adding Arctic Monkeys and White Stripes to a 1920s series, it gets pretty silly at times.
Very promising first season that can go in some interesting directions.
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