Boardwalk Empire > Boardwalk Empire Series Premiere Review: What Did You Think? > Comments Page 3
If you've seen any old Edward G. Robinson,James Cagney or George Raft gangster movies, you've seen this film, heard the dialogue & seen the clothes (only in black & white). And, any of those "B" movies were done better than this series.
I enjoyed it, as the series progresses the characters will be more comfortable in their skin and the viewers will grow fonder of their character. Steve Buscemi did a great job, I never took a liking to him until this.
I was very disappointed int he pilot--over art-directed, clunky dialogue, stereotypes, etc. Steve Buscemi is a great actor but does not have the charisma and raw power this role requires. I expect a lot more from HBO--and haveno itnerest in seeing further episodes. Too bad--there's a lot of money up ont hat screen.
The lead actor is the weakest link to me. I loved the setting, the costumes and the music.
I agree with ACJoe. The role of Nucky is too big for Steve Buscemi, sad to say. He plays it like a bumbling idiot, I don't think it was written that way. Should have gotten Wm H Macy. Sorry SB, I do love your work, but so far...
VERY disappointed. With all of the talent, money and hype I was expecting MUCH more. And although I really like Steve Buschemi --he really is WRONG for the lead (maybe Stanley Tucci?) But, too late now. I've been coming to AC since the early 50s and have lived here since the 70s, so obviously, I was hoping this would be the blockbuster that everyone predicted. V e r y slow and complicated first episode. Needs to get better....fast or I predict it will go the way of the casino business here--out to sea.
The costumes/ sets are well done. Violence lurks in just about every scene, which detracts from the humanistic side of the story of how these folks actually lived back then. The writers should start developing their characters to show them more as human beings with on-going lives and not just killing machines, crooked Cops, and blood-spattered walls. Violence for violence sake will not carry the show long-term. Bucemi is the glue that holds this drama together short-term. Good drama stories will sustain this show as it did for the Soprano's. Hollywood moguls know this all too well and are putting their writers to the task to tweak the show so it fits in more than just one genre. Good start, congratulations!
It was anything but subtle.....a shrill floozy, a pregnant beaten wife, a baby faced ex vet, bumbling butler....gratuitous HBO nakedness. Buscemi is the best part so far, along with the set and the costumes. The writing is kind of obvious and beats a point home. Hope it gets better, like Sopranos did.
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