Friday, 10 May 2013
Game of Thrones: Season 1 (2011) - ★★★★★
Writers: David Benioff (Creator), D.B Weiss (Creator), George R.R. Martin (Novel)
Stars: Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley, Maisie Williams, Kit Harrington, Sophie Turner, Alfie Allen, Iain Glen, Jack Gleeson, Aiden Gillen, Richard Madden, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rory McCann, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Donald Sumpter
I haven't reviewed any TV shows for a long time, so I've decided to talk about one of my all time favourites, Game of Thrones! The reason I've added practically every actor in the cast to this review is because all of them are brilliant and memorable in their own way. From the main character to the smallest of peasants, this show is just breathtaking. It's like Lord of the Rings meets Harry Potter, set in medieval times. My father doesn't like TV Shows or movies, but when he saw Game of Thrones he said "This is the greatest show of all time." I agree, it's definitely up there with the best.
If I talked about every aspect of this show, my review would span about five pages long. So I'm just going to get straight to the point. Everything about Game of Thrones is perfect. It's adapted from the amazing novels by George R.R. Martin, who many have called today's J.R.R Tolkien. I tried to read the books (I love reading by the way), but I just couldn't get into them. So in the end I decided to sit down and watch the show, which blew me away from the very first episode.
The casting is exceptional, with Sean Bean playing the lead character Eddard (Ned) Stark. Without a doubt, this is the role he'll always be remembered for. He's had an incredible career (I loved him in Sharpe) but this is his career defining moment. Mark Addy (one of the funniest actors of all time) plays the drunk and adoringly funny King Robert Baratheon. Together they made the season soar to great heights. I always looked forward to their scenes, which to me were the most entertaining.
Peter Dinklage will forever be remembered as the funny and extremely witty dwarf, Tyrion Lannister. He brings an air of intelligence and sophistication to the show, as well as some pretty trashy jokes and hilarious one-liners. Every scene he shares with his wicked sister Cersei (Lena Headey) is pure gold.
Emilia Clarke plays the amazing Daenerys Targaryn, who's one of the only survivors of a family descended from Dragons. The way her character developed and evolved was such a joy to watch. Her story, in my opinion, is by far the most interesting.
It's called Game of Thrones because of the predominant theme of spies, betrayal, strategy and war. So many of the characters want The Iron Throne (to rule the Seven Kingdoms). So many desire knowledge, strength, power and revenge. It's a show that constantly makes you think and question the characters feelings, motives and agenda. There are so many different stories that intertwine, it's just a thrill to sit back and watch the drama unfurl.
So yes, I loved Game of Thrones. I watched this show before it became a huge phenomenon, so I had no idea what to expect. Man, did the quality of the show shock me. It's almost as good as a film in terms of acting, dialogue, set production, cinematography and music. I think my Dad was right. Could this be the greatest show ever made? Sound off in the comments.
Note: If there is one thing I'd change, it's that there are way too many unnecessary sex scenes. I'm not a prudent old person who thinks it's wrong all the time, but it just doesn't look right in this show. HBO has a history of filling their shows full of sex (True Blood, Mad Men), I just wish they'd leave Game of Thrones alone.