Boardwalk Empire (Season 1) - HBO TV Series Review
Not to be missed! One of the best TV series out there
I'm almost through Season 1 of Boardwalk Empire after buying the DVD a few weeks back. The critics were rating the series to be exceptional so my expectations were pretty high early on. From seeing the first episode, my expectations were surely met and as the season progressed, the series failed to disappoint.
For those out there who loved the Sopranos, this is a must! The Sopranos was good early on but failed to keep a high standard throughout the later seasons. From what I've seen so far of Boardwalk Empire, Martin Scorsese did an amazing job in directing the first episode of season 1. Absolutely flawless. The first episode alone had cost $18 million dollars to shoot, direct and product. Comparing it big budget movies, the first episode of Boardwalk Empire felt like a movie in itself.
The series is set in 1920s America and focuses on the life and crime of the Atlantic City treasurer and gangster, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson played by Steve Buscemi. The series explores the crime, corruption, politics and manipulation of power within Atlantic City, New Jersey. Crime always prevails, even while there's government bills and legislation passed down to prevent illegal activities within the state.The FBI, who are the FBI? Certainly not a threat to Nucky and his crew running and controlling the funds of Atlantic City.
The series has it all - sex, politics, manipulation, murder, corruption, deceit - the list goes on. If you haven't been lucky enough to watch the series on HBO, then I suggest you buy or rent it and stay tuned for the upcoming seasons of Boardwalk Empire. It's by far one of the best television series out there currently screening. Each episode feels like a movie in itself, and by the end of it, the story is classic.
I rate Season 1 of Boardwalk Empire as being a 9/10. With every scene essentially having some meaning and purpose to the overall story, I think they could have portrayed the setting better without necessarily needing to include as many sex scenes as they did.