The Boys: A reccomendation

The Boys is something I recommend to you.

It’s available now on Amazon Prime.

I don’t know what impression you get of me from my writings. There’s a chance you think I hate everything.

While it’s not completely untrue, let me stress to you, I don’t tolerate the mediocre. Especially when it comes to entertainment.

Actually maybe only when it comes to entertainment. Movies and plays in particular.

I have a couple of blind spots in other areas. For example, I love coffee, but I think McDonald’s coffee is perfectly acceptable.

Anyway, you’re wondering where I’m going with this, and that’s fine.

What I’m trying to say is that it takes a lot to impress me and The Boys impressed me.

Not another fanboy

The Boys is about a group of ordinary people trying to take down superheroes.

As someone who has had enough of superhero films, this was a pleasant surprise.

I don’t normally watch anything with superheroes. I watched this was because it was recommended by people also fed up with superheroes.

If they liked it, it must be good.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this.

In fact, I don’t know how much you could say The Boys is a superhero show. It’s more a show about corporate intrigue. How the company behind the superheroes are trying to infiltrate the US government. If it sounds a little dry, then the superhero antics keep things moving.

The show is funny. It’s jet black. A superhero pops a guys head with her thighs during some role-play gone wrong. It’s that kind of show.

There is a Northern Irish cynicism running throughout. A mistrust of those in power. The comic the show is based on was created by Garth Ennis, from Bangor.

The performances are fantastic across the board. Anthony Starr is the standout. He plays the evil Suprman character Homelander. The tone of his role changes so much, several times in a single episode. You go from fear, disgust, anger to sympathy. It’s brilliant acting paired with excellent writing.

Also, only eight episodes? Yes, please.

The Boys conclusion and caveats.

I’m going to write about this again at some point, but this will do you for now. Go and check out The Boys on Amazon Prime.

Here are a few caveats. The show isn’t perfect but then what is, aside from Ghostbusters?

  • The writing shows it’s age when lifting from the source material. References to The Matrix, Spice Girls. Having a go at televangelists places the time of writing in the early 2000s.
  • The first four episodes are fantastic, but it can’t really keep up the momentum. If the first four hadn’t been so good, then I wouldn’t recommend. It’s not that the second half of the series is bad it just feels a little less urgent than the first four.
  • The twist is a little obvious. I don’t want to say what it is in case it isn’t.

Aside from that, great show.

Now, please wrap it up as soon as you can.

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