Shocking and heartbreaking satire of capitalism.
Director Hwang Dong-hyuk created his South Korean survival mystery drama Squid Game (2021) with such inspired vision, creative direction, piercing commentary, and refined craftsmanship. It's no wonder why Squid Game has taken the world by storm, becoming Netflix' biggest hit show of all time, with its searing critiques, brutal gore, hilarious black comedy, devastating human drama, memorable characters, and enthralling action.
Hwang Dong-hyuk's direction gives you the exciting survival game vibe of The Hunger Games, with the bloody viciousness of Battle Royale, economic critiques of Parasite, and some of Oldboy's layered narrative. I was continually shocked by twists, reveals, and character deaths time and again without the contrivance of Game of Thrones. Squid Game feels well thought out. I think Squid Game has a character to empathize with for everyone, as I was enthralled by everyone. Squid Game certainly is one of the greatest shows ever made.
Writer Hwang Dong-hyuk's story is phenomenally inventive as he imagines impoverished people, drowning in debt, volunteering to participate in Squid Game for a cash prize of billions of won to lift themselves out of debt forever. I found Dong-hyuk's innovation of twisting children's games into 6 lethal challenges for Squid Game is quite fun and brilliant. His real genius lies in how earnest he sympathizes with each of his main characters, giving them complex personalities and fearsome motives. I could see how an audience member could end up rooting for nearly any character.
Lee Jung-jae is fabulous, funny, endearing, and gripping as the likable idiot gambler Seong Gi-hun or No. 456. He gives a resplendent performance where you can laugh at his foolish choices and hilarious dialogue, while feeling for his every failing because he feels like a decent man at heart attempting to provide for his family and parent his beloved daughter. Lee Jung-jae should be proud of his work in Squid Game. He's a serious character actor and a compelling lead actor for Squid Game with a magnetic charm. On the other hand, Park Hae-soo is fierce and astute as the selfishly greedy businessman Cho Sang-woo or No. 218. His perilous and critical interactions with Gi-hun are fascinating and heart-wrenching to watch. Hae-soo is phenomenal as the cunning and sly Sang-woo with every biting word and ruthless decision.
Jung Ho-yeon is absolutely breathtaking and seriously entertaining as the sharp-mouthed and sharper-minded teenage girl Kang Sae-byeok or No. 067. She is my favorite character from Squid Game and the best actress on the show. Sae-byeok is a cool representation of a hardened teenager with true resolve to do what is necessary to reunite her family. Jung Ho-yeon is a clear star with her cool composure, icy glares, steadfast resourcefulness, hurt expressions, tearful performance, and mysterious personality. I just fell in love with Jung Ho-yeon immediately after seeing her as Sae-byeok in Squid Game.
Wi Ha-joon is sterling as the brave and cautious police detective Hwang Jung-ho. I liked him quickly and he does a lot with a few lines. Oh Yeong-su is fantastic as the delightfully eager and sincerely touching old man Oh Il-nam or No. 001. His pleasant conversations with Lee Jung-jae's hero Gi-hun are so endearing and absorbing. He adds undeniable gravitas and humor with a very complicated role to portray. Heo Sung-tae is perfectly brutal and antagonistic as the bully criminal Jang Deok-su or No. 101. His vicious performance as Deok-su will always be remembered for his brute force and screen presence.
Kim Joo-ryung is a riot as the hysterical and obnoxiously self-centered Han Mi-nyeo or No. 212. I found her so entertaining every second she's making faces and calling names like a mean girl. Indian actor Anupam Tripathi is a wonderful surprise to see in Squid game as a Pakistani immigrant to South Korea named Ali Abdul or No. 199. Lastly, I loved the adorable actress Lee Yoo-mi as the sweet and nonchalant Ji-young or No. 240. Her endearing conversations with Jung Ho-yeon's Sae-byeok during the games are devastating, disturbing, funny, captivating, playful, and profound. She is not to be dismissed!
I appreciate Squid Game's creator Hwang Dong-hyuk's poignant critique of how Capitalism and Western influences have corrupted South Korean society to the core with insatiable greed to the point where someone would murder a friend for money. From the desperate poor, unable to see past their debt to the apathetic rich sponsors of Squid Game callously betting on human life with reckless abandon, Squid Game offers you a gritty, realistic world view that you may not be ready to see.
Proceed with caution as you'll see every imaginable human depravity. From organ harvesting for black market deals to betrayal from those closest to you for monetary gain, Squid Game guns down characters like few shows have ever portrayed such shocking violence. Opportunists and wealthy elites viciously slay their fellow human beings with no consciousness or guilt, but rather out of greed and boredom. Squid Game is a scathing piece of art as much as it is dramatic entertainment of the highest caliber.
I should say that I loved watching Squid Game, thinking of solutions to the games, while fearing for the safety of my favorite characters. I would consider watching a second season as Hwang Dong-hyuk's point has been made about how desperate poverty can make people reveal their darker nature, his story could easily go on further for a second season. In all, director Hwang Dong-hyuk delivers a heartfelt drama that pleads with you to care for those suffering masses of poor debtors, belittled working class, and kind-hearted people taken advantage of by selfish, greedy types.
Nam Na-young's editing cuts effortlessly back and forth between human drama that endears you to each person and the fast paced action sequences within Squid Game. It's only one season with 9 brief episodes for a brisk watch. It doesn't even feel long at 486 minutes. Lee Hyung-deok's cinematography looks incredible with these gorgeous wide shots and close-ups that will tear your heart out. Squid Game is one of the best shot streaming shows I've ever watched.
Chae Kyung-sun's production design has this raw real world and sterile sleek look for the Squid Game areas. The colorful playhouse colors and childlike designs really fit the tone and themes of Squid Game. Kim Jung-gon's clever set decoration provides wealth and gaudy opulence for the rich VIP spectators, while absolute devastated environments for the destitute poor figures. Similarly, composer Jung Jae-il finds a balance between pulsing symphony and cute childlike songs that sound like a dark fantasy innocence with an inner malice.
Gang Hye-yeong's sound design has blood bursts and echoing gunshots piercing your mind during all of Squid Game's sadistic killings. Cho Sang-kyung's dystopian green tracksuits, pink armored soldiers, and black suited rich patrons give off a strong aura and creative aesthetic entirely unique to shows. Cho Tae-hee's make-up looks realistic with natural looks on all the women and men of Squid Game.
In conclusion, Squid Game will always stay with me as a powerful critique of financial gain at any cost, while providing a life affirming warmth to its characters and stories.
Riveting chess strategy underneath gripping intrigue.
Scott Frank's Netflix miniseries, The Queen's Gambit (2020), is an astonishingly fresh coming of age drama with Frank's startling visionary direction and phenomenal acting from the ever flawless Anya Taylor-Joy. Frank's direction is so compelling that he actually makes you care about a complex strategy based board game like chess. Scott Frank directed one of the greatest coming of age dramas ever made in a succinct and creative style. His flourish for the dramatic with crafty camera tricks and impressive long takes is outstanding alongside stunning visual effects like Beth imagining the chess board on the ceiling. I think anyone can watch, understand, and enjoy The Queen's Gambit, whether you understand the difference between chess and checkers or not. It's a fascinating experimental show and one of my new favorite miniseries.
Walter Tevis wrote the novel The Queen's Gambit (1983) as a coming of age drama that girls could relate to and it's beautifully adapted here by Scott Frank. Tevis' themes are all here as Frank writes about adoption, suicide, belonging, feminism, family, friendship, independence, agency, talent, strategy, stress, peer pressure, drug addiction, alcoholism, support groups, fame, fate, cold war politics, and of course chess. Frank approaches each issue with respect and mature clarity. Walter Tevis' words feel genuinely interested in chess, chess players, and the anxieties that come with intense mental and emotional scenarios like world class chess tournaments. I'm sure more than one viewer will buy a chess board and take up the game as a new vanguard of this intricately tactical mind sport.
Anya Taylor-Joy is sublime in The Queen's Gambit. Shes plays Elizabeth Harmon with a fierce wilfulness to have her own way , insecure doubt in her mistakes, perfect resolve in her impromptu moves, and frenzied hedonism with reckless abandon. Beth Harmon is a memorable heroine as she's likable in her decimation of her male chess opponents, but unlikable in her ruthless arrogance. Yet, Anya Taylor-Joy entices you to root for this daring chess prodigy regardless of her faults because she makes you care about the girl behind the brain.
Anya Taylor-Joy is absorbing with her pristine grace, hopeless romantic awkwardness, social awkwardness, divine staring eyes, and playfully aggressive attitude. Taylor-Joy is lovely with an entrancing beauty and gentle manner. I find every role of hers delightful. She captivates in The Queen's Gambit with dear dramatic realism and effortless acting skill. Since The Witch, Split, Thoroughbreds, Glass, The New Mutants, and Emma, I've become a massive fan of her's. Now that she has conquered television with a hit show in Scott Frank's immaculate dramatic miniseries The Queen's Gambit, I'm confident Anya Taylor-Joy is here to stay.
Bill Camp is absolutely amazing as the supporting character Mr. William Shaibel, the quiet and intelligent janitor who teaches a young orphaned Beth how to play. He's so kind in his own shy way. Camp delivers some of his nicest and most memorable acting in The Queen's Gambit alongside the incredibly moving Isla Johnston as young Beth.
Marielle Heller is wonderful as Beth's adopted mother and influential alcoholic Alma Wheatley with her charming casual manner and disturbing states of depression. She is simply fantastic in The Queen's Gambit. Christiane Seidel is deftly stern and conservative as the cross bearing headmistress of an orphanage that prescribes tranquilizers to children for sedation. Moses Ingram is very fun as Beth's orphan friend Jolene.
Harry Melling is thoughtful and interesting as Harry Beltik, a chess wiz whom Anya Taylor-Joy's Beth destroys, then befriends. Similarly, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd is excellent as Beth's crush and fellow chess competitor Townes. Thomas Brodie Sangster is very entertaining as the brash and narcissistic American chess champion Benny Watts, who has a rivalry with Beth Harmon.
Likewise, Polish actor Marcin Dorocinski is astute and enigmatic as the mysterious Russian chess grandmaster Vasily Borgov that Anya Taylor-Joy's Elizabeth Harmon must outsmart. His natural gravitas and stern manner makes him immediately intriguing and intimidating, while his careful gestures convey an inner calm and consideration. I want to mention that Andy Serkis' son Louis Ashbourne Serkis puts on an amazing Russian accent and supporting performance as a Russian chess prodigy named Georgi Girev.
The Queen's Gambit feels like an entire universe wrapped up nice and neatly in 7 sweet episodes. Michelle Tesoro's editing is brisk with snappy cuts to keep this singular season swiftly paced. Steven Meizler's cinematography is striking with these neatly centered framing shots and long takes to sharp close-ups on faces. The camera work ensures each chess game is enthralling and each piece moved upends gravity with the intensity of movement. The Queen's Gambit is beautifully shot with Meizler's graceful eye.
Carlos Rafael Rivera's music is both serene and majestic with sweeping force for the most dire of chess scenarios and dramatic twists. Gabriele Binder's costumes boast an accurate feel to the 1950's Americana and 1960's mod fashions. All of Anya Taylor-Joy's dresses and red haircuts are gorgeous.
In all, The Queen's Gambit is a remarkable miniseries from Netflix and its showrunner Scott Frank. Anya Taylor-Joy continues to marvel as perhaps the finest actress of her generation.
How lies led to unimaginable disaster.
Johan Renck's brave new historical drama Chernobyl (2019) is perhaps the greatest miniseries ever debuted on television. Johan Renck's direction is peerless with effortless recreation of Soviet era Russia and Chernobyl's distinct look. You feel like you are simply witnessing the tragedy of The Chernobyl Incident occur. It is harrowing. From unreal radiation make-up that disfigures victims to surreal special effects scarier than any sci-fi film, Chernobyl is peak television. Important as it is riveting, Chernobyl takes authority and lies to task for causing the worst man-made calamity in human history.
Craig Mazin's writing is brave, clear, informative, interesting, nuanced, and powerful. Mazin charges the responsible parties for radiating an entire Russian city forever and killing untold 1,000's of innocent civilians. The arrogance, ignorance, cruelty, and selfishness of the upper levels of The USSR leadership contain unthinkable levels of foolish pride and stupidity that could have cost the lives of 100's of millions of lives all across Europe for their folly. Mazin brings these cataclysmic events down to a human level of drama and a meticulous nature of scientific accuracy. Mazin's mature and thoughtful writing holds villainy accountable for atrocity.
You will learn from watching Chernobyl as you shall be entertained and horrified.
Chernobyl is not for the faint of heart.
The ghastly images of humans melting, dogs being gunned down, cities being leveled, and authority covering up the devastation are appalling. Yet, I must recommend all humans witness Chernobyl and never forget the sacrifices made to save millions.
The acting within Chernobyl is superb and beyond real description. I found the main cast and supporting players all profoundly moving, absolutely gripping, and sincerely genuine in every second of Chernobyl.
Jared Harris is resplendent as genius Russian scientist and humanity's hero Valery Legasov. His bravery in standing up to Soviet KGB and politicians saved not only thousands in Chernobyl, but untold millions across Europe and planet Earth. His quick thinking and stalwart morality cannot be understated. Remember the name for he was brave. Harris does this legend justice in portraying him as a thoughtful intellect with a worrisome nature that I found completely endearing.
Likewise, Stelland Skarsgard is brilliant as usual as Boris Shcherbina. His gruff demeanor and heavy gravitas make his character delightful as he opens up and demonstrates the courage to listen and learn from the brilliant nuclear professor played by Harris. Skarsgard boasts a pleasant attitude of unbreakable will and divine optimism that makes him a delight to watch build chemistry and friendship with Jared Harris throughout Chernobyl.
In a cool reunion of Breaking the Waves, Emily Watson joins Skarsgard in aiding Harris' professor as a representation of all the other Soviet scientists that did research and planning to quench the terrors of Chernobyl. She is determined, smart, cunning, and fearless as Ulana Khomyuk. I love Emily Watson for her steadfast dramatic excellence and Chernobyl is no exception.
Paul Ritter is perfect as the disgustingly negligent and criminally ambitious Anatoly Dyatlov. Dyatlov himself will be remembered in infamy for all time now thanks to Ritter's accurate portrayal of Dyatlov as a madman hellbent on promotions at the risk of all human life. His stoic cruelty and crass persona are shocking to behold as Ritter is one of television's greatest antagonists for sure. I hope he will be appreciated as a truly despicable villain in Chernobyl.
I should mention the neat cameos and supporting roles as well. Jessie Buckley is tragically compelling as Lyudmilla Ignatenko. She is sadly affecting and unforgettable in Chernobyl. Ralph Ineson continues to impress after his brilliant turn in The Witch as he plays a helpful and stern general in Chernobyl. Same with the intimidating and likable Mark Lewis Jones. I loved Barry Keoghan's cameo role as a Soviet soldier tasked with the unimaginable duty of killing radiated dogs throughout Chernobyl's countryside. His devastatingly subtle performance is haunting all his own.
In short, Chernobyl can never be repeated by humans. Not the unspeakable tragedy, nor the grandeur of the show. You need to drop everything and check out Chernobyl!
A shocking season of scandal and intrigue.
The Crown continues its impeccable run of political turmoil, familial scandal, and marital duress. The direction of every episode on honestly peerless. You will be hard pressed to find a better looking show. Gorgeous panning shots down historic halls adorned with every imaginable decoration. Lovely dresses and detailed costumes meet fancy sets and exotic settings. Hans Zimmer's theme is as haunting as some of the brilliant plot reveals and honest dialogue.
Claire Foy is the real star. Her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II is phenomenal. Her steadfast nature and tolerance for the endless string of infidelity and insurrection is like gazing at an immovable star. Foy depicts her kindness, jealousy, earnestness, strength, courage, and perseverance with equal measure and grace. The Crown offers an honest take on the incredible life of the Queen. You see her struggles and triumphs alike. I find their portrayal brutally open and honest whereas another series might have resorted to simple flattery. Foy is one to watch for future greatness. I loved her acting and will sorely miss her in Season 3.
Matt Smith is wonderful as Prince Phillip as I now absolutely despise the man. This would amount to character assassination if it were not true. The Queen Consort's unending adultery and cruelty is shocking as a viewer to the point where Philip feels like the villain of The Crown. I may never be able to look at Philip the same way ever again.
Finally, I must mention the excellent and sultry Vanessa Kirby is just lovely as Princess Margaret. The pain and suffering she endured comes flying across the screen thanks to Kirby's emotive acting. I really like her in this role.
In all, you must watch The Crown. It's better than everyone's been saying. Claire Foy also certainly deserved that Best Actress Emmy.
A fascinating portrait of the British monarchy.
The Crown is a gripping drama filled with history. Season 1 is a phenomenal portrait of Queen Elizabeth II's life from the period of 1950 through 1955. You get insight into her relationship with her father, mother, sister, and husband as well as Elizabeth's political relationship with Winston Churchill. The drama is intense and you will keep being stunned by the outcome.
I found The Crown quite informative of the time from Queen Elizabeth's perspective. You get a real feel for the early '50's at the start of her reign. Through all the tragedy, hardships, triumphs, and solitude, The Crown takes you alongside The Queen for everything.
Claire Foy is remarkable as the stern, new monarch struggling to attain respect. Matt Smith is fun as Phillip in all his raucous outings. Vanessa Kirby is incredible as Princess Margaret. Jared Harris is fascinating as the former King. Lastly, John Lithgow is excellent as the outgoing and stubborn Churchill.
In all, season 1 will keep you on the edge of your seat for all of the political intrigue and scandal. I look forward to season 2.
A modern twist on '80's Style pop culture.
Amazingly fresh show. Netflix got it right with Stranger Things. A combination of every coming of age story, Stephen King novel, and 80's property that moved us since we were kids. Stranger Things is like IT, Stand by Me, Legion, It Follows, ET, and even Alien combined.
You will grow to love these kids. They are amazingly convincing as actors. Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobbie Brown really impressed me. You will be rooting for the kids. I thought Winona Ryder's comeback was awesome as well. Her Joyce Byers is touching and at times intense. The chief of police played by David Harbour is very cool as well as moving. Matthew Modine has a compelling performance too.Stranger Things is very well written. The dialogue is believable and the plot-lines are intense or very complex.
The Buffer Brothers created a new masterclass on film techniques as they innovate with their cinematography every episode. With pounding synths, echoing screams, joyous laughter, and magical mysteries, Stranger Things is a refreshing experience in our new age of wondrous television programming. I feel grateful to be alive right now with so many excellent shows airing now.
I would recommend you buy and watch Stranger Things for sure. I also second the other reviewer to just buy this at Target. It's only around $26 at Target. Target's version is stylized as a VHS in appearance (in true 80's fashion) while it is actually the full first season of Stranger Things on blu-ray and DVD. It also includes an exclusive poster. Get that one.
A shocking series of revelations and support.
Big Little Lies (2017) is a brilliant show about female empowerment and support against abuse, infidelity, and rape. Director Jean-Marc Vallee proves his shining vision of genius craftsmanship with stunningly surreal cinematography, innovative editing, and steadfast direction. Big Little Lies brings lovely California scenery to life with realistic family dynamics and unveiling the many problems in American home life. Vallee allows for genuine sympathy for the leading women as each scene gives the audience an empathetic view into the lives of these diverse mothers.
Vallee's direction is peerless as always with long takes, extended monologues, tough emotional sequences, tasteful sex scenes, and grounded realism. You are in awe of his shots of the beautiful natural scenery in Big Little Lies, while you are held in suspense at the quiet beauty of the characters' homes. The expressive soundtrack is killer combining old classics with fresh modern songs. "Cold Little Heart" is a wonderful and mesmerizing opening theme. Vallee makes sure to keep you on edge for all the drama and mystery.
In regards to the excellent script, Big Little Lies uncovers the hardest parts to talk about in our society. The painful and joyful moments are all here thanks to the clever writing of David E. Kelley.
Notably, Big Little Lies is particularly impressive for its plethora of acting powerhouse performances. First of all, Reese Witherspoon is simply delightful and just incredible as the fiery Madeline Mackenzie. She is a complete firebrand as Witherspoon flies from scene to scene endlessly talking and mothering all the characters. Her overbearing mother is so funny and tragic, while Witherspoon also pulls off her portrayal of an unhappy wife. She carries all of Big Little Lies comedy moments and adds much appreciated levity to the more serious general tone of the show. I really found myself impressed by Witherspoon, especially alongside Adam Scott's highly sympathetic depiction of Madeline's sweet husband Ed Mackenzie. They are perfectly paired together in one of the most grounded and realistic displays of American parents I have ever seen.
I must mention the lovely Shailene Woodley as Jane Chapman. Woodley is already one of my favorite actresses for her incredible bravery in her strong roles. Her tears break your heart with a far too sadness. Woodley is breathtaking in her depiction of a single mother trying to find a new start after raising a child born from rape. Her uncomfortable bravery and believable despair left me speechless. Woodley is perhaps the most powerful and poignant actress in Big Little Lies with a cast of outstanding performances. You hope for something better for her character due to Woodley's pleading acting and gripping devastation. I love Shailene Woodley and I hope she gets more dramatic roles like The Fault in Our Stars and Big Little Lies because she is phenomenal.
Similarly, Nicole Kidman is captivating as the stunning and abused Celeste Wright. Kidman is one actress that I like more with each role I watch from her. She plays the dramatic elements with such a focused serious that you are drawn to her hurt eyes and frightened body. She gives it all in a highly brave role that puts her body on display in a series of shocking and hard to watch abusive sequences. I cannot believe how well Kidman dives into her character. You can just tell that the idea of a mother protecting her children at the expense of her violent marriage hits homes with Kidman. She is truly a top tier actress of the highest caliber. Kidman proves herself one of the finest actresses on the planet in Big Little Lies. You have to see her strong performance that will entrance you every moment she is on screen.
I should have mention the villains of Big Little Lies as they are just reprehensible. Laura Dern manages to play Renata Klein, an overbearing mother, that is so annoying and disgusting that you hate her as much the abusive husband and rapist characters. It's a credit to Dern's acting that you loathe her character while pitying her pathetic attempts at good mothering.
Likewise, the absolutely brilliant tour de force from Alexander Skarsgard as Nicole Kidman's tormentor husband Perry Wright. Skarsgard is so subtle in his portrayal as he starts out so friendly and likable, while also appearing to be the loving husband and kind father in public. When Skarsgard goes into monster mode as the fearsome and genuinely upsetting abusive husband, he makes choices that really embed this role in your mind. He does not overplay the part with screaming or frantic violence, but acts menacing and threatening with sudden jolts of vicious rage. He is so frightening that every time Skarsgard entered a scene I flinched anticipating the impending fury and random pain he inflicts on poor Celeste. He is the immaculate foil for Kidman to act alongside. Skarsgard has now burned his acting into my memory forever.
Watch Big Little Lies for the important message of standing up for yourself, your friends, and your family. The depictions of abuse and pain felt so real that I was quite moved by these multiple touching performances. If nothing else, Vallee's direction is fascinating and unorthodox enough to engage you the entire season of the show. Big Little Lies is going to stick with me.
The darkest miniseries ever made.
Sharp Objects (2018) pairs Jean-Marc Vallee's gorgeous dreamy direction with the chilling bleakness of Gillian Flynn's writing. Vallee manages to invoke the haunting darkness of True Detective, It, Deliverance, Get Out, Gone Girl, or The Virgin Suicides with his newest miniseries. He captures a surrealistic dream like atmosphere of the South in Missouri with the gritty hopelessness of a detective noir. I will never forget Sharp Objects.
Furthermore, Gillian Flynn's writing is like a maze of despair. Her complex story is elevated by her realistic dialogue and intricate narrative. The dark subject matter of rape, abuse, murder, torture, self-harm, addiction, suicide, bullying, motherhood, and much more are upsetting as they are fascinating. Flynn writes like the world has no joy and I found Sharp Objects all the more enchanting in its bleak vibe because of her brilliant writing.
Notably, Amy Adams as the lead actress portraying Camille Preaker is just devastating. Her performance is peerless in depicting depression, suicidal thoughts, alcoholism, and abuse is so deeply disturbing. I really believed that Camille experienced these traumas due to Adams grounded portrayal. From her forlorn tears to her righteous indignation, Adams plays it all. She bares her heart to give Camille an intimate sorrow and put her inner pain on display. I do not think that audiences or critics will ever fully appreciate how wonderful Adams acted in Sharp Objects. Simply put, I love Amy Adams in Sharp Objects.
Similarly, Eliza Scanlen is highly engaging as Amma Crellin. She is captivating to watch as the free burning mischievous daughter, but she also pulls of the sad girl act with troubling accuracy. I really found Scanlen creepy and dreamy at the same time. She really gave an outstanding performance for such a young actress.
Then, I must mention the incomparable Patricia Clarkson as Adora Crellin. I will never again be able to look at Clarkson the same way. She is strange, cruel, entertaining, captivating, and terrifying as Adora. She also accomplishes this mighty feat by never overacting. She is so subtle as the meanest mother ever to disgrace television. Clarkson deserves all the praise she has received as Adora in Sharp Objects.
From wild music to vicious homicide, Sharp Objects gives you everything you could want in a show. Amy Adams' skillful acting is matched by Gillian Flynn's intriguing writing and Jean-Marc Vallee's grim heavenly direction. Sharp Objects is as poignant as television gets, so watch this miniseries!
Hayley Atwell is incredible as the independent lady of the day Kenneth Lonergan's new adaptation of Howard's End. It's quite beautifully shot. The colors and designs are breathtaking. The costumes are delightful and the homes are so quaint. If you like British drama, watch Howard's End!
Absolutely mesmerizing debut episode for Legion's season 2!
The cinematography is even more gorgeous and refined than the first season. Legion is truly the most innovative show on television right now. When David speaks to the basket head man, he is framed in front of a concrete staircase REMINISCENT of an M.C. Escher painting, while the other man has natural trees behind him.
The music is otherworldly as is the dance off sequence near the end between David, Oliver, Lenny, and Cary!
the acting is superb. Bill Irwin is so emotive as Cary while Amber Midthunder continues to be adorably cute as Kerry. Rachel Keller plays Syd so wonderfully emotional and strong. I just love her!
Legion's attention to detail is mind boggling as David refers to the passage of time seeming like he's only been gone a day, but it's been a year. It's just like how long we waited for Season 2 as audience members. Aubrey Plaza also asks if it is Tuesday like when Legion's episodes airs in real life! It's meta humor and i am impressed.
Legion is still the best show on T.V.!
Legion is my new favorite T.V. show!
Legion is the most remarkable new show on television! FX really put together the most visually creative T.V. show I have ever seen. The cinematography is so unique and unconventional. They are constantly finding new ways to innovate the aesthetics and visuals within Legion. Legion is gorgeous fun and smart entertainment.
Legion is an X-Men spin off show that adapts the most underrated and insane character know as David in Legion. He is actually crazy with mind powers that he cannot even fathom. Legion uses very unique and engaging film shots, color schemes, eccentric costumes, dazzling effects, beautiful pans, and focused direction to portray a completely crazy character. Legion will keep you guessing about what is going to happen next. Meanwhile, you'll be impressed by the care put into the direction, character development, and the narrative subversion that is constantly surprising you.
The acting is absolutely phenomenal. Dan Stevens has proven that he can be more than the dramatic mope Matthew from Downton Abbey or the melodramatic Beast from Beauty and the Beast. Stevens plays David as a thoughtful man that is clearly depressed. He is so uncertain of himself that he has trouble controlling his mind. Stevens portrays insanity, confusion, depression, isolation, desperation, and uncertainty all while maintaining a certain level of charm and charisma.
Lastly, Aubrey Plaza is inspired as Lenny. She comes into her own as one of the greatest actresses working right now. I swear that is not hyperbole as she is breathtakingly brilliant in Legion. She has instantaneously catapulted herself into a respected actress that is operating on another level. Her role is so multi-faceted that a lesser actress would play it monotonously. Plaza is spectacular as she blends Lenny's curious and crazy nature with the conniving creature that is The Shadow King. Plaza plays a simultaneously sweet, sexy, and sultry tease while also diving deep in David's subconscious with a garish glee. Aubrey Plaza deserves all the praise she is receiving for her performance as Lenny in Legion. She is devilish divine!
You must make take the time to watch Legion right now. Experience the greatest mind destroying show out there.