It's complicated... I really like the directing, acting and writing but, there are issues with the way it's shot that I just can't deny. As much as I love the storytelling and the fantastic performance but, there are also certain scenes that didn't need to exist.
It was OK. I don't see why everyone loves it so much. It wasn't very smart or deep or well-directed.
This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.
what a terribly boring film. I'm sorry but this is absolutely not deserving of best picture and will be forgotten quickly. Entertaining and engaging cinema? No. Nothing performances with flat faces and mistaking silence for subtlety.
This show has moments of clarity, but they're lost in negative turn after negative turn. Acting is great, but the plot and writing just never gives the watcher a reason.It's a shame, because had they found a way to demonstrate some positive turns in the story to cling onto amid the endless complications that arise, this show could have been something special.
I loved this show. I just subscribed to HBO because of this show and after bingeing on it discovered it is not renewed. I'm really disappointed. I loved the music and the acting. I grew up in the 70's and it really takes me back (to the music). Loved it! I highly recommend this to anyone who grew up in the 70's or that is just curious about how the recording industry was at that time.
You just cannot get a Scorsese product that isn't overlong and over-violent. Even the good idea of focusing on the music industry of the early 70s is dragged down by a sub-plot involving gangsters, homicide and gratuitous violence.The main plot is not that original, it seems inspired by Mad Men, with a couple in trouble (think Don and Betty Draper in 70s clothes) and an office environment, with a bunch of characters who could be the 70s version of Joan Holloway (Andrea Zito), Peggy Olson (Jamie Vine) and Pete Cambell (Clark Morelle).Unfortunately, following the record industry on a daily basis does not seem that much more interesting than advertising, despite the brush with rock stars. Having nowhere to go with the main plot, at least we are served plenty of mini-concerts and meetings with stars such as Lou Reed, the New York Dolls, David Bowie, etc... Unfortunately the multitude of musical encounters is not enough to fill the time, and we get a homicide thrown into the mix, together with use and abuse of cocaine and dumb policemen. Finally, the cast is not good. Cannavale as Richie Finestra makes a lot of noise every time he snorts cocaine, while everybody else can do that in silence. His character is obnoxious, Scorsese-style (egotistic macho-man) His screen wife, Olivia Wilde, is mainly useless except for nude scenes. Suburban housewives don't have much to say, even if they were Warhol's models.The young cast was probably selected thanks to nepotistic criteria, being the children of Dennis Quaid, Mick Jagger and Julien Temple. This does not make them good actors, Mr. Jagger's son being the worst of the bunch. However, the soundtrack is definitely good and that is why I give it a 3.... I am still disappointed, though, because music-wise the 70s were a great time and all we get to chronicle the times is this mess....
Now, I only started watching this for one reason- John Cameron Mitchell as Andy Worhol, and he appears in three episodes. I thought it would be best to start from the first episode so I could follow the story, but to be honest I had given up by the end of the pilot and watched the second episode with little interest. I ended up just skipping through to the episodes and scenes he appeared in. There wasn't a gripping story line (which is usually established in the first couple of episodes to keep viewers hooked) it was just shouting, drugs and sex. Very stereotypical for a show set in the 70s, with this great cast something more original should have been done with just hints of what we actually see. As I said, I only watched 2 full episodes and the scenes with John CM, so I didn't even finish the series. The only redeeming qualities are John Cameron Mitchell, Olivia Wilde and the music, but even then it's not enough to keep me watching.3 out of 10 stars.