Netflix original series: PEAKY BLINDERS @streamingfamily.com

reviewed by DAD

In a word, “Bemused.”  This series should be one that I rave about.  Great acting (there isn’t much that Cillian Murphy does that I am not impressed with), awesome soundtrack, and wonderful set and costume designs.  There is plenty of action and story line to go around… and yet, I felt only mildly entertained.  Not sure what the problem is.  I guess the tale of a British organized crime gang doesn’t interest me that much. If I gave an ‘A” for effort, Peaky Blinders would get it hands down.  I really thought I would love this show.  Maybe my expectations were too high OR the quality of the product was a bit off.  B-

 

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Netflix original series: SOUTHCLIFFE @streamingfamily.com

reviewed by DAD

In a word, “Poignant.” Southcliffe is not a mini-series for those looking for something light to have on as background noise.  It is a thought provoking and a deeply moving journey into the tragedy of a mass shooting in a small town.  Sean Harris, as Stephen Morton, does an incredible job of bringing a realistic face to an easily marginalized madman.  The entire cast is superb as they paint an intricate portrait of unanswerable misery.  The story’s plot-line is unfolded in a very unconventional way of flashbacks and flash forwards but it never becomes obtuse or hard to decipher.  Definitely not a date night flick, but one you should not miss if you love great film-making and storytelling.  A

Netflix original series: LONGMIRE @streamingfamily.com

reviewed by DAD

In a word, ‘Old-school.”  Longmire is the type of cop/detective show that reminds me of Walker: Texas Ranger, Magnum P.I., Colombo, and The Rockford Files.  That sort of one man against the world mentality. The tough guy with the heart of gold.  The grizzled hero with a checkered past and a lonely future.  Basically, scenarios I have seen before, except set in Wyoming.  If you like cop shows, you will enjoy Longmire.  The show’s final season is to stream on Netflix at some point this year.  Six seasons for any show is a pretty good run.  I can’t say that I thought it was anywhere near awful.  But it wasn’t exactly binge-worthy either.  If you take your time and watch an episode here and there, you can enjoy it without getting too burned out.  C+

 

 

Netflix original series: LILYHAMMER @streamingfamily.com

reviewed by DAD

In a word, “Bizarre.”  This series from Writer/Producer/Actor Steven Van Zandt (former actor on The Sopranos and rhythm guitarist for Bruce Springsteen) brings to Netflix a series about a Mafioso turned state’s witness that requests to be placed into witness protection in Lillehammer, Norway.  This fish-out-of-water tale has a few interesting moments but overall, Van Zandt comes off as stiff and rather unrealistic as the lead role in the show.  He should have bitten the bullet and given it over to someone more talented at acting.  It could be binge worthy for those who are desperate for entertainment while they wait for another show to start, but it ends up being just mediocre.   C