Over at Vulture, Matt Steiz gives a great and honest review of Frank Darabont's new miniseries Mob City, which stars Jon Bernthal. All in all, it seems that this will work out to be a fantastic and memorable series with many twists to keep us on the edges of our seats.
According to Steiz, Mob City is:
a new TNT miniseries set in gangster-ridden Los Angeles following World War II, is produced, written, and directed by Frank Darabont, who seems to have recovered nicely from having been pushed out of (or left) The Walking Dead in 2011. The six-part drama is based on Jon Buntin's excellent nonfiction book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City
Truly, has indeed been busy, this time with reviving forgotten tales of a bygone era in American history. It will be interested to see a modern take on everything that happened in those days, and how it will be presented to a generation that grew up in a time with different public heroes and villains.
The main character, Joe, is played by , who you will probably remember as Shane from The Walking Dead. His character is a former marine, which just returned from the Second World War (complete with all the mental and emotional baggage) and has now joined the LAPD. Steiz has a few words about Bernthal's performance:
Bernthal is watchable but for whatever reason never riveting. He gives the audience so little here that he's nearly impossible to relate to, much less read. He lacks oomph, and lack of oomph is a big problem when you're playing a guy who's essentially a series of blanks that will slowly be filled in.
In other words, not very impressed. However the fact that he may be hard to relate to may be due to the strong and silent type character that he plays on the show. Perhaps the coming episodes will give the character time to grow and change Steiz's mind.
Despite the criticism of Bernthal and some other actors on the show being cast against type, Steiz goes on to praise the sheer beauty of the show and the environment it has created through Darabont's vision:
But even when the momentum flags or the rhythm seems slightly off, the show's sheer gorgeousness is compelling, and it's clear that Darabont has a vision for this thing, even though we can't deduce every detail based on two episodes.
(Check out the full review here: vulture)
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