Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Westworld Season 1 - Richee Review

When Westworld first came out I gave it a wide birth, due to the fact I felt it couldn't live up to the original film. But I found myself with nothing to watch after Game of Thrones finished and before The Walking Dead started, I decided to dive into Westworld to see if it did live up to the hype. With a brilliant cast my hopes were slightly raised, but I really didn't think it would work.

The story follows multiple characters and their journey through the realistic theme park Westworld. Multiple hosts (who are the synthetic people of the world) start to remember past lives or story lines. The Man in Black is searching for a maze at the centre of the park, which apparently has a secret in it. Meanwhile, Bernard struggles to run Westworld, from the hosts getting a new update by creator Robert Ford to having to keep the board happy with everything going on. And finally William is on his first trip to Westworld with future brother-in-law Logan.

I don't really want to get into much detail on the story as the show has so many twist and turns from the start to the end, so I'm gonna focus of a handful of my favourite characters in the show. First is William played by Jimmi Simpson, who I recognized straight away but I couldn't pin it until I checked out IMDb to find out he plays one of the McPoyle brothers from Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Even with that though he is so good in this, and you soon forget about his ridiculous character from Sunny, as he is a man in a new world, somewhat innocent and naive to what most people want from this park, which is to kill and fuck basically.
Ed Harris was brilliant as the brutally heartless Man in Black, as he roams the park on his journey murdering anyone who isn't of use to him. Maeve, played by the brilliant Thandie Newton, is a host and owner of the brothel who starts having flashbacks of her past lives, and who starts to find out that the world she lives in isn't what she thought and starts to plan her escape. Along with those three, you have Sir Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Luke Hemsworth (So many Hemsworth brothers, not that that's a bad thing), Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores, the main host who goes on an epic journey of self discovery, and finally the brilliant Steve Ogg who is in this no where near enough as he should be, which I think is my biggest problem with this show.

The show has so much going on and tells all the stories all most perfectly, with only the reveal of the Man in Black really leaving me slightly disappointed. The reveal of certain characters being hosts  leaves you wondering who else could be a host. I found myself really getting into the story, they took certain aspects from the original film, but mostly built their own story which worked so well.

Final verdict is an 8/10: this was one of the better series I've seen in a long time, and probably the best show which has also been a film (I'm talking to you Mist and From Dusk Till Dawn). I'd highly recommend everyone check this out to get ready for season two. What did you guys think? Did you enjoy the show as much as me, or were you left wanting? Let me no in the comments below, and thanks for reading. Richee

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