Here is another show that just feels like a classic HBO prestige-drama. It's a bit shocking how under-the-radar it has gone so far. "The Deuce" still has plenty of room for improvement, but this first season really teased me and grabbed my attention! Franco is always cool on double duty, Gyllenhaal is just fearless and all the supporting cast very well chosen. This trashy microcosmos of 1970's New York is a delight.
It's very skilled - I just never really got into it. My interest was captured when finally when women started standing up for each other and women had the opportunity to reclaim their bodies and perceptions, deciding how they wanted to be portrayed in the pornographic world. Dark how that it isn't the case for the majority of that industry even nowadays.
David Simon, great chronicler of capitalist dysfunction, is back. And what better subject to tackle than the merger between money, sex, and cinema? Season 1 feels like The Rhinegold to Simon’s epic drama: a slow burning, beautifully lensed prelude that soaks you in the street-level routine of prostitution, pimping, and policing, draining away titillation while making you feel the rough intimacy of hustlers (cont...)
Writing for television doesn't get much better than this and Simon finds the perfect partner in Pelecanos, who helps bring this world to life in vivid detail and inspired storytelling. The performances are top notch and the topic fascinating, not once disrespecting or marginalizing the people being depicted. I eagerly await how season 2 will expand on this world.
A very good first episode. James Franco is not quite perfect for the role (too pretty and arty looking) but he comes fairly close to the Tony-Manero-meets-Terry-Malloy archetype that the role(s) demand(s). Maggie G. completely redeems herself in the TV drama arena after the overhyped crapola that was An Honorable Woman with a touching yet gritty performance. Will certainly tune in again.