Boardwalk Empire Essay

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In Brian Lowry’s Variety review of the first season of “Boardwalk Empire,” Lowry considers the show a next great period piece from HBO since “The Sopranos,” and also compliments many elements from the show that include the highly detailed scale of the setting, ensemble cast, and a sweeping story, all of which may come as a bit of an understatement. He has stated that the producers were able to surpass the high expectations of the show, especially due to the involvement of high-profile crew such as Martin Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg, and the showrunner Terence Winter. What Lowry heavily specifies that describes HBO as “not TV” are how cinematic the show is overall, and even states that it is “tackling material no broadcast network or movie studio …show more content…

Overall, he has praised the two leading performances from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and the show’s direction that explores more than just a whodunit story. Lawson does think that despite the show’s wordiness and over-ambition, the show still should be appreciated for its ballsiness of the shocking mystery. In Lawson’s review, he uses phrases such as “big-screen talents” and “long-form landscape of prestige television” to emphasize the miniseries’ production values.
In Caryn James’ NYT review of the miniseries “Band of Brothers,” James states that the series manage to capture and recreate the setting of World War II with the world’s “devotion, bravery, and terror,” comparing it to films such as “Apocalypse Now” and “Saving Private Ryan.” The reviewer was able to get a grade scope of what Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks had visualized, and how that creates an “enduring place” of war films. James does emphasize HBO’s production value, and describes this show as an “expensive” and “enormous” miniseries, and also mentions the “powerful stylistic influence” of “Saving Private

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