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"The Romanoffs" feels like a glitzy showcase for mediocre stories with a tenuous connection to each other. It's a disappointing second act from the guy who created one of the best dramas in TV history.
I stuck up for "The Romanoffs" through episode four, even claiming that the show's unevenness - which a majority of less-impressed critics were emphasizing in their reviews - was part of its individualistic charm. But then disappointment set in.
Where the various descendants of the Romanovs have misplaced delusions of grandeur, so, too, does Weiner, who... has instead birthed a too-long mess of incoherence and questions that I don't care enough about to get answered.
Like its characters, the show continuously puts its worst, least interesting foot forward, aristocratically expecting you'll stick around to see the next step.
Both lavish and languid, the first three installments of Amazon Prime's The Romanoffs are mostly bereft of the snap, pop and sizzle of Mad Men.
An ambitious series that despite some inconsistencies, still stands out. [Full Review in Spanish]
A real story about the existencialism and how to endure in time. [Full review in Spanish]
The Romanoffs is worth dipping into, but don't hesitate to skip a few and fast-forward liberally.
If you are looking for some of the spark that was the Jon Hamm-led Mad Men to show up in The Romanoffs, it fundamentally does not.
Matthew Weiner's new series has fallen to be the most forgetful of series. [Full Review in Spanish]
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Feb 13, 2021(Español / English) English Abstract The Romanovs is a series co-written and directed by the creator of Mad Men, made up of eight independent films of about an hour and a half in length (barely linked by any mention or minimal reappearance of a character), characterized by being starred by some supposed descendant of the Russian imperial family, which covers a wide variety of registers, genres, narrative structures, themes, locations and casts that in some cases have big stars. Abstract Español Los Romanov es una serie coescrita y dirigida por el creador de Mad Men, conformada por ocho películas independientes de cerca de hora y media de duración (apenas enlazadas por alguna mención o reaparición mínima de algún personaje) que transcurren en la actualidad y se caracterizan por estar protagonizadas por algún supuesto descendiente de la familia imperial rusa. Recorre una amplia variedad de registros, géneros, estructuras narrativas, temáticas, locaciones y elencos que cuentan en algunos casos con grandes estrellas. El placer de encontrarse con 8 historias bien contadas, algunas muy logradas. English Review The Romanovs is an ambitious series co-written and directed by Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad Men and author of two seasons of The Sopranos. It is actually made up of eight independent films of about an hour and a half in duration (barely linked by any mention or minimal reappearance of a character), that happen today, which can be seen in any order and are characterized by being starred by some supposed descendant of the imperial family Russian. The "chapters" (which could be seen in any order) cross a wide variety of registers, genres, narrative and thematic structures, take place in different cities (from Paris to Hong Kong and Vladivostok) and each one has its own cast, in some cases with big stars. Each chapter has a partly surprising and sometimes non-linear development, so it is not convenient to advance their plots much. The genres are family drama, comedy, thriller, fantasy, police, even with changes within the same chapter and metafictional irruptions. Among the topics addressed are (in disorder and without exhausting them): family abandonment, loss, frustrated fatherhood and motherhood, cultural and class clashes, rivalries in the entertainment world, illness, adultery, the power of rumor, gender identity, trust, show and editorial business, journalism. As expected, the quality and interest of the chapters are uneven, but in all there is a welcome intention to tell a story, cinematic level, very good performances, beautiful or interesting locations and fortunately none falls into the lightness and cool tone of Modern Love, for example. At least four of the chapters are very good: the first, with a sophisticated sense of humor (and a huge performance by Marthe Keller), the second, for its development and changes in weather, the last, for its sophisticated narrative structure and the seventh, perhaps the best and most moving, about a married couple traveling to Vladivostok, for the original, disturbing and oppressive way in which it addresses its theme. Some will surely prefer the chapter about a film, perhaps the most ambitious, for its cast and its gender drift. I dare to say that these chapters surpass several hot movies on Netflix. Reseña Español Los Romanov es una ambiciosa serie coescrita y dirigida por Matthew Weiner, creador de Mad Men y autor de dos temporadas de Los Soprano. Está conformada en realidad por ocho películas independientes de cerca de hora y media de duración (apenas enlazadas por alguna mención o reaparición mínima de algún personaje), que transcurren en la actualidad, pueden verse en cualquier orden y se caracterizan por estar protagonizadas por algún supuesto descendiente de la familia imperial rusa. Los "capítulos" (que podrían verse en cualquier orden) atraviesan una amplia variedad de registros, géneros, estructuras narrativas y temáticas, se desarrollan en diversas ciudades (de París a Hong Kong y Vladivostok) y cada uno cuenta con su elenco, en algunos casos con grandes estrellas. Cada capítulo tiene un desarrollo en parte sorpresivo y a veces no lineal, por lo que no conviene adelantar mucho sus tramas. Los géneros transitados son el drama familiar, la comedia, el thriller, el fantástico, el policial, incluso con cambios dentro de un mismo capítulo e irrupciones de los metaficcional. Entre las temáticas abordadas figuran (en desorden y sin agotarlas): el abandono familiar, la pérdida, las paternidades y maternidades frustradas, los choques culturales y de clase, las rivalidades en el mundo del espectáculo, la enfermedad, el adulterio, el poder del rumor, la identidad de género, la confianza, el mundo del espectáculo, el editorial, el periodismo. Como era de esperarse, la calidad y el interés de los capítulos son desparejos, pero en todos hay una bienvenida intención de contar una historia, nivel cinematográfico, muy buenas actuaciones, bellas o interesantes locaciones y afortunadamente ninguno cae en la liviandad y el tono cool de Modern Love, por ejemplo. Por lo menos cuatro de los capítulos son muy buenos: el primero, con un sofisticado sentido del humor (y una enorme actuación de Marthe Keller), el segundo, por su desarrollo, cambios de clima y progresión dramática, el último, por su sofisticada estructura narrativa y el séptimo, acaso el mejor y más conmovedor, sobre un matrimonio que viaja a Vladivostok, por la original, inquietante y opresiva manera en que aborda su temática. Algunos preferirán seguramente el capítulo sobre una filmación, tal vez el más ambicioso, por su elenco y su deriva de género. Me animo a decir que estos capítulos superan a varias películas de moda en Netflix.
Sep 13, 2020I just finished this. I'm not one to normally binge watch anything - but THIS, I could not stop watching. It is hands down, one of the best series I have ever seen. It's clever, it's raw, it's hilarious, it's sad, it's torturous. It's confronting. It kept me on the edge of heart failure, the entire time. It is real & fantastical life, wrapped in the most fabulous visual, of a world of privilege and entitlement. The writing- 🙌🏽 If you are throwing this show, a bad or average review, then the deliciously, captivating nuance is lost on you. Bravo Mathew Weiner 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 I hope there will be a season 2.
Mar 15, 2020This is top quality art/acting/directing/writing, a total pleasure to watch. It goes deep into complicated issues in a way that I haven't seen before. Certainly doesn't underestimate the audience's intelligence, like most shows right now. More like this please.
Dec 31, 2019The pilot was enough to convince me not to pursue a painful unnecessary waste of viewing hours.
Dec 09, 2019If you can cast aside your expectations of MadMen's creator, you should find Episode 1 charmingly delightful. Although none of the rest were as strong, I found them enjoyable except for the relentlessly cruel episode starring Christina Hendricks. Weiner's treatment of her was unbearable to watch and nothing that his storyline had to say justified suffering that experience. See Ms. Hendricks instead in the 2011 Lincoln Center production of Stephen Sondheim's "Company" starring Neil Patrick Harris.
Nov 14, 2019Quite frankly, I barely made it thru the pilot episode. It was long, not exciting. If you enjoy reading subtitles rather than the movie, this would be for you. I have no interest to watch any further.
Aug 02, 2019I've only watched the first episode and I felt very disconnected. Anushka kept putting me off. I couldn't figure out where she stood regarding his relationship with Hajar. Anushka's decision regarding Hajar, causing problems for her nephew, came out of nowhere, given how she was treating Hajar all along. Granted she was p.o.ed by that bout in the hospital, but it still seemed so out of left field. The episode was beautifully filmed and staged, but I found the storyline hard to accept and in the long run rather predictable in the end.
May 27, 2019Episode 1 worth the watching,
Mar 15, 2019Take ruthless russian characters from over 100 yrs ago, and put them in a modern setting with modern social restraints. Add an occasional pinch of the "Twilight Zone". What is not to love?? I completely disagree with the "critics consensus". Take 20 min to refresh your history, and then watch. The past is very cleverly woven in and around. I didn't require staccato storytelling, as some seem to suggest it needing, and I really liked ALL the actors involved!!!
Mar 13, 2019Some of us who watch television regularly are craving well-written stories that take their time to unfold. Thank heaven the Romanoffs is proof that this sort of thing can still be brought to television (thank you Netflix). For all of us who don't watch the Kardashians, the Housewives of "whatever," or any other plethora of what is typical TV nowadays ... this series is a relief. The quality is incredibly high. We are taken to places we've never been before, through the locations and the stories, and I am grateful. The second-to-last episode, "End of the Line" was particularly good. I could not predict what was going to happen next, and I felt for both parents. My brain had to work to keep up with what was going on with each character. I couldn't stop talking about the issues brought up. Most of television doesn't affect me in this way. Please let there be a season 2.