I loved this series from beginning to end, although the story slid off the rails at the in various places in Season 4. The filmmakers seemed to periodically forget what genre they were in--instead of a business drama it suddenly became some kind of character study in grief and romantic relationships. "They lost the plot" was the phrase that came to me at various times. Otherwise, I would give this series 5 stars all the way through, very engaging, did not want it to end. It was amazing how many interesting characters and subplots that were able to weave into what could have been a much narrower business-drama series.
Can't say enough good things about this short series. Ewan McGregor should get an Oscar for his mesmerizing performance in this brilliant film. The push and pull battle between businessmen and a phenomenal artist. If you like this sort of thing, this knocks it out of the park
For me, every season of this was riveting, insightful, and simply fascinating. It's a view into a world and way of life that is experienced by only a tiny, tiny fraction of humanity, obviously. Also gave me a lot to think about regarding the role the BRF plays in British life.
Moves like a rocket, with incredible dialogue that you sometimes have to pause just to digest. The battle between the two powerful leads is incredible and makes delicious viewing. Note: this review covers the first five seasons. Highly recommended, though it will only appeal to a certain type of viewer (the financial side and associated slang could be hard to follow and off-putting)
Started out good (first three episodes) and then changed genres, from fast-paced thriller to plodding mystery. One of the leads died at that turning point, too, which didn't work for me. Episodes 4-6 became increasingly boring and unbelievable, especially the last one, where all the villains suddenly confessed to everything for no apparent reason except to tie up all the loose ends for the audience - no way would they have done that and sealed life sentences in prison for themselves Overly complicated and unrealistic. Thumbs down.
The finale of The Americans was one of the worst I've ever seen in any series. Completely off-genre. Suddenly this spy thriller turned into the Hallmark Channel. lt was like the writers wanted a happy ending so badly that they completely forgot about the unresolved plot threads and the guilt or innocence of all the characters. They were TOO NICE to everybody! It should have been packed with action, and one of the main characters should have died (Elizabeth) and built to a huge climax, but it felt like an epilogue, and a very dull one at that. A real pity for such a great series, and bad enough for me to give the entire season only one star.
Ridiculous "diversity" casting that makes no sense and is jarring to watch because it's so historically inaccurate. If they really opened up the auditions to all races, then where are the Asians? The Hispanics? And so on. If they only hired whites and blacks, which is how it appears, this silly attempt at diversity is just more racism.
Started out good but some very serious gaps in information (such as how the police had a teen's fingerprints on file - maybe I missed something?) Also, the father, who is supposedly a top notch lawyer, does very stupid things. As if he becomes "all father" and zero lawyer because the accused is his son. The mother does stupid things, too. So does the son. Makes the movie seem unbelievable, like the writer made all the characters dumb and sloppy in order to create the desired plot. Also, the fuzzy, confused ending? Once again, clumsily designed so there could be a second season instead of focusing on good storytelling and viewer satisfaction.
"Men Bad, Women Good." There's an angry feminist agenda in the narrative that's about a subtle as a ton of bricks. Painfully slow-paced to boot. This is entertainment? Feels more like venting on the part of the producers of this stinker. There's also something about it that feels terribly dated, circa 1970-80. No likable characters. An over-use of the f-word in dialogue that makes the main characters appear rough, lacking intelligence. I watched only two episodes of Season 2 and that was all I could stand.