Writers: Terence Winter (Creator/Writer), Meg Jackson, Nelson Johnson (Book)
Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Aleksa Palladino, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza, Paz de la Huerta, Gretchen Mol, Michael K. Williams, Paul Sparks, Dabney Coleman, Jack Huston
Boardwalk Empire is quite simply, one of the greatest TV shows of all time. It's filled with masterful performances, colourful scenes, picturesque cinematography, unforgettable events, and a downright thrilling story. If the Academy Awards gave out Oscars for TV shows, then this would certainly earn awards for Best Series, Cinematography, Actor, Supporting Actress, and Supporting Actor. It's just that magnificent.
I think most of us know that Boardwalk Empire is first and foremost about the criminal underbelly of 1920s Atlantic City. It specifically focuses on one man, Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson (Steve Buscemi), who is the treasurer of Atlantic City, but also the person who really runs the show. We follow his many dramas, as well as historical moments from the time (prohibition, women's rights etc.). It's such an amazing show. By the time I finished the season (12 episodes), I'd felt like I had been watching it for years. That's because the character's really stuck with me, and their stories became a big part of my life.
Steve Buscemi is officially one of my favourite actors of all time. I've always been used to seeing him as a wimp, or a weasly guy in gangster films. Remember The Big Lebowski, where he was always told to "Shut the fuck up!" Well he completely sheds that wimpy image with his powerful performance as Nucky. I don't know how, but Buscemi just oozed strength, intelligence, and ruthlessness in this role. I think his performance in this show is the high-point of his great career.
Kelly Macdonald evoked a lot of sympathy out of me, and I came to like her character greatly. She played Margaret Shroeder, the love interest of Nucky. Macdonald's performance, and her character, bring sensitivity and depth to a show filled with testosterone and men.
|Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Shroeder.|
|Michael Shannon deserves every award under the sun for his performance.|
What else can I say? I really loved this show. It's wildly entertaining, it always leaves you begging to see the next episode, and it's absolutely unforgettable. Season One of Boardwalk Empire is a landmark achievement in Television, and guess what, it gets even better in Season Two. I highly suggest you give this show a watch.