Series Review: Peaky Blinders – Season 2 (2014)

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As you probably know, I did recently review the first season of this show about three weeks back. And if so you probably also remember that I really fucking enjoyed it. So now I guess it’s time to review the second season.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the second season of… “Peaky Blinders”.

1921, two years after the end of season one we once again follow gang leader Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) as he’s trying to keep the gang running. But since some time has passed he feels like he wants to expand his reach a bit. And for that to happen he has to strike a deal with another gangster named Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy). But Tommy will still face trouble with local mob boss Daryl Sabini (Noah Taylor). He also has to face the return of Major Chester Campbell (Sam Neill) who now has even more of a grudge against Tommy. And with all of these things, there is definitely a noticeable raise in stakes for the season together with a huge increase in dramatic tension… and I absolutely loved it so much. There is so much more happening in the episodes yet nothing feels forced or unnecessary, every little bit of story here fits perfectly into the bigger picture. There are even a few twists and turns at times in the season and they work really well too. As you might tell, I really loved the plot/story of this season.

The characters are once again great, with the ones returning from season one getting some really good character development. CIllian Murphy is once again great as Thomas Shelby, Paul Anderson knocked it out of the park again as Arthur, Helen McCrory is amazing as Polly, Sam Neill is still great as Campbell even if his accent still is on-and-off. Then we have one new addition I just have to talk about, Tom Hardy as Alfie Solomons… holy shit, he is so great in the role. He not only gives a great overall performance, but he is also so entertaining and funny which really added something to this season. I also like how he was almost as profane as me. Every actor was great, every character was great, all of that was great.

Once again there was no original score composed for the show. Instead the creators opted for a mix of a lot of contemporary rock/pop/metal songs that could kind of work in some weird way… and they were right about that. And while it’s still weird to hear songs like “Out of the Black” by Royal Blood or “Do I wanna know” by Arctic Monkeys in a gangster show set in 1920’s Birmingham, it still does work in some weird fuckin’ way. I do think the soundtrack was really good. And just like in season one, Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand” serves as the show’s main theme and it’s still great to hear even if it is in cover/remix form from time to time.

The cinematography for season two is really good, just like in season one. Sure, the directing is for the most part pretty standard, but the cinematography itself is great. And the writing is really solid too, with tons of interesting little quirks and terrific lines. What I also found interesting is how this season upped the ante in terms of… most things. It’s more violent, it shows more nudity, it has even more cursing… things that might divide some audiences. For me… it kind of made sense.

Seeing as this is a British show, it hasn’t got too muich attention on my regular sites. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 100% positive rating. And on imdb.com the show has a score of 8,8/10 and is ranked #86 on the “Top 250 TV” list.

The second season of “Peaky Blinders” takes everything that was good/great about the first season and somehow makes it even better. The plot is better, the characters are more developed, the soundtrack features new & interesting songs, the cinematography is great and of course Tom Hardy is really fucking entertaining. Time for my final score. FOCKIN’ ‘ELL! My final score for “Peaky Blinders” season two is a 9,91/10. IT most certainly gets the one and only “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of the second season of “Peaky Blinders” is now completed.

Wait… so I have to wait until October until season 3? God damn it!

“The Dark Tower” has found it’s stars

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It seems like movie castings has become a thing on my blog considering I talked about some recent Marvel castings this weekend and now I am talking about this. But you see, I talk about things that interest me in some way… and this is a major one.

“The Dark Tower”, Stephen King’s magnum opus has been rumored to be getting a movie adaptation for some time now and for a few months it has been confirmed with Danish director Nikolaj Arcel helming it. Hell, at one point it was even in the hands of Ron Howard, but he obviously dropped out as director. But now it seems we are one step closer to seeing this grand adventure show itself on the screen because we now know who will play the hero and the villain of the movie. It looks like British actor Idris Elba, known for roles like DCI John Luther in “Luther” and Heimdall in the MCU, has bee ncast as Roland Deschain, the main character of the series. And for the villain, known as the man in black, they got Matthew “Alright, alright, alright” McConaughey. Now this casting is kind of interesting since the character of Roland has always been shown as a white guy in most pieces of art related to the franchise, so you’d almost assume that role would go to McConaughspace. But nope, it went to Heimdall and I am actually okay with that because he’s a great fucking actor. Now I have read all seven of the books in the series (not counting the spin-off set between books 4 and 5) and there are some parts that comes to mind when thinking about how they are gonna handle it. I will not spoil anything because I highly recommend that you go and read the books, but I will say that there are pieces of recurring dialogue that relate sort of to race, so I am curious how they will handle that. I am also curious who they will cast in the other important roles. I am honestly really hoping that they cast Aaron Paul as Eddie Dean because that would just be perfect.

So what are your thoughts on this matter? Are you looking forward to the “Dark Tower” movie? Leave your answers in the comments below.
Have a good one.