Okay, so it’s a Series not a movie
I’ve watched the whole Sopranos series at least twice, same with Boardwalk Empire, and have been mulling over going back and watching them again.
But that ain’t gonna happen while there are still episodes of this beauty that I haven’t seen, and re-seen.
Wow, a Black Country Tony and his boys and girls, waltzing along like a half-gypsy Nucky and his mad opponents, set in post WW1 Birmingham, England and environs. Vicious Belfast SIS Agents and Jewish gangsters with Cockney accents, IRA scum, Chinese hookers, stolen Lewis guns and rigged horse races, PTSD Tommies, beautiful undercover agents – in more ways than one, a bloody good Winston Churchill, even an appealing (if somewhat Sopranos derivative) music score… and that’s just in the first half of Season 1.
Enough, don’t waste any time reading my crap, go fire it up on Netflix right now. I’m going back to it now.
Updated 1 February 2018
So now I have had the chance to watch Seasons 2, 3 and 4.
This series just gets better and better, with ever more complex plots, surprises, incredible cinematic violence, hate and revenge.
What more could a cinephile want, eh?
I can’t wait for Season 5. This is right up there with Breaking Bad, Mad Men, the Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire and of course the unbeatable champion of dark TV, Game of Thrones.
I must however, be somewhat critical of Adrien Brodie’s performance in Season 4 as New York gangster Luca Changretta. Whether it was he or the director who was responsible, channelling Marlon Brando in the Godfather, complete to hand gestures, gravelly voice and cheek scratching, this character came across as parody. Out of place in this entirely otherwise wonderful series. They must have had to shoot umpteen takes to stop the giggling amongst the production crew. The only Godfather paean they left out was ‘I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse’ and that was alluded to in the plot.
However, on balance one of the all time great gangster series and I will probably watch the whole thing again before the next one is released.
And I sincerely hope we see Tom Hardy back in the next series, playing incredibly tough and nasty Jewish – Cockney gangster Alfie Solomons, ‘Yes mate, I like you but if you don’t sign everything over to me I will shoot you in the face (Season 2)’.
Yes, his return is up in the air but when (spoiler alert) Tommy shot him in the last episode on the sands at Margate, it looked to me like the round only blew out part of his left jaw and the muscles of his neck. I hope he recovers to come back and plot more devious evil. I hope his dog Cyril is okay
Two thumbs up as Roger Ebert would no doubt have said.