I am always on the look-out for new films or TV. series to watch. Once a week, I’ll post my favourite/ two favourite film/s or TV series I’ve seen in the last seven days. Feel free to comment about your own favourite/s from the part week and/ or post links to reviews (if you’ve written them).
The format will differ to that of the book reviews: there will probably be links to scenes and I’ll only write three small sections that pick up on:
1) How I came to know of its existence
2) One part of the set-up that blew my socks off
3) Plot (no spoilers if I can help it)
4) Why watch it?
Here is my favourite from the last week:
Game of Thrones (First Series)
How I heard about it…
Through publicity: The posters were unavoidable at the time. They looked interesting to fantasy fans. Or LoTR fans still in mourning for Boromir as they feature Sean Bean sitting on a curiously shaped throne, holding a sword and looking pensive.
One thing I loved…
The theme tune: (by Ramin Djawadi). It effortlessly sets the stage for the intrigues and twists of the plot to follow. Here is a link to the theme tune and opening credits. Reminiscent of ‘Pillars of the Earth’ , I know but I believe it’s a comparison worth making.
The plot (Nb. Condensing 10 hours of TV into a few paragraphs has forced me to sacrifice the equally brilliant sub-plots and other twists in this tale)
‘Winter is coming’.
The King’s Hand is dead and the court is riding from the comfort of the costal capital to Winterfell, an icy northern land . There is only one explanation for this: King Robert has come to ‘ask’ his old comrade-in-arms and last living person whom he can trust, Ser Eddard Stark to become his Hand, dispensing justice in his name.
Ned goes to the capital with his two daughters only to realize that he has led his family into a dangerous web of political intrigue that is proving far more dangerous than any battlefield.
Meanwhile, in Winterfell, his illegitimate son, Jon Snow has decided to join the Night’s Watch. This order was created to protect the land from legendary creatures that are once again awakening from their centuries-long slumber.
Can the House of Stark survive the Game of Thrones that it has been dragged, unwillingly, into or will its name be buried under the rapidly falling darkness?
Why watch it?
The plot moves steadily and realistically forward, never leaving the viewer thinking ‘What!? But why!?’. The script and acting are superb. Also, the author of the book is one of the co-executive producers which probably means that he’s pretty happy with the ‘artistic vision’ of the other people working on it.
Has anyone else watched a fantasy series/ film that they particularly liked or loathed? Which one was it?