Pilot: Boardwalk Empire

Broadwalk Empire

Prohibition-era Sopranos. Steve Buscemi is a corrupt county treasurer in Atlantic City in the 20s, and it’s lovely to see him play a position of power. I’ve got so used to him as a snivelling loser that it’s surprising how well his perpetual sneer works as one of superior disdain. The tone is just right, for me: Buscemi’s character is a villain, but not repulsive so far. It’s possible to enjoy the early twentieth century opulence of his life without being put off by the guy himself.

6 Replies to “Pilot: Boardwalk Empire”

  1. I’ve been enjoying it, and I’ve always been a fan of Steve Buscemi; he’s probably the best-known unattractive and realistic-looking man in hollywood.

    The thing is, in the movies where he’s made an impression – Big Lebowski, Fargo, Resevoir dogs – he was surrounded by people who dressed or acted unattractive (The Dude was not a snappy dresser) and realistic (Fargo). In Boardwalk Empire, it seems like almost every other character is played by at least reasonably attractive people (except for the ones that aren’t supposed to be attractive, like the politicians). There’s nobody who looks as bad as Buscemi – I mean that kindly.

    It sets him apart. You can view that as a good thing or a bad thing; I haven’t decided yet for myself.

  2. Thanks for mentioning this show. I don’t follow Television, so I had no idea this even existed- but since I think Buscemi is a great actor (and after a quick bit of research found out Scorsese is involved), I decided to give it a go.

    Really enjoyed the pilot. I think this might be a show I actually start following as it is released.

  3. Good casting is half the work in a good series, it seems.

    I mean, besides the wonderful Buscemi, how about that Michael Shannon as the fed, Van Alden?

  4. Good casting is most definitively half the work, and the pilot of this did not disappoint. I look forward to further episodes.

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