Boardwalk Empire

First rule of politics, kiddo: Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Nucky Thompson

As you might have understood from my post on Facebook, ombrenelcielo is getting a new Friday feature article! This time is all about movies and tv-series.

This article is dedicated to one of the greatest tv-series of the 2010s: Boardwalk Empire.

HBO managed to produce a smashing serie. Not only on terms of acting and screenwriting is many inches above a serie like The Sopranos, but also in terms of pure eye glory: it is a joy to watch each episode, just great filming.

Many people are comparing it to The Sopranos, in fact there are some reminiscences in the style, substance and effect. And yes, it is similar to “The Sopranos” in may ways. Except for one, yet  substantial, point: it is not boring.

Created by Terrence Winter, who wrote 25 episodes of The Sopranos, it is an hour-long series centered around historical criminal Enoch “Nucky” Johnson (renamed “Thompson” for the series). Steve Buscemi is delivering his best performance in the clothes of Nucky and Michael Pitt is the other star of the production, performing as Jimmy Darmody.

Nucky in fact is a very clever and acute businessman who manages to become the boss of Atlantic City when Prohibition becomes the law of the land. He controls the local government. He controls the police and the liquor industry in the city.

I don’t want to give out too many details of the sort, but I advise you to get the two seasons as soon as possible on your computers (and make sure in original english language) and get back to me after a couple of episodes.

Let me just say again that I really enjoy watching this show. The sets and costumes are great. The acting is stellar. The story is solid and unpredictable enough scene-to-scene to keep your interest, and each episode is unpredictable, the way the screenplay is written is just great: it allows to pack the show with small details about each character that it gets you only an episode or two to know them well and get captured by them.

I’ll leave you with the official HBO trailer and with the complete track by The Brian Jonestown Massacre (Straight Up And Down), used in the great intro shot.

Make sure to come back next Friday for more movies!

1 comment
  1. Polly Balitro said:

    I lllove the intro song :-)

    and the TV series is beautifully done!

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