Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn
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HBO; "Game of Thrones"

Sunday the 5th, we got together at the residence of Tim Kozinski to view the first five episodes of HBO's "Game of Thrones," the television adaptation of the first volume of George R.R. Martin's unfinished epic, "A Song of Ice and Fire." (Tim gets HBO and has the shows bookmarked on his DVR--.) We were very pleased with what we saw. Comparisons that we have heard saying that this is to television what "The Lord of the Rings" was to cinema may be apt.

Production values are very high. Everything looks undefineably right for a world like ours but not ours, with a history going back thousands of years, but which has not progressed beyond a high medieval culture due to periodic setbacks--decades-long winters and mad rulers among them.

Casting is, in our opinion, superb. Sean Bean is the big name in the cast so far and he is very fine as Eddard "Ned" Stark, but the real gems are the Lannisters, Lena Headey as Queen Cersei, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie the Kingslayer, and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion, "the Imp." They are all marvelously good. Headey is beautiful and treacherous; her character lies as naturally as breathing and makes you believe that she believes it while she is saying so. Dinklage is perfect as Tyrion; he delivers the barbed wit given him by the screenwriters with naturalness, spontanaety, and irony. Coster-Waldau's lopsided grin clues the viewer that Jamie is just as great a mocker as Tyrion, but more dangerous since Tyrion hides nothing, but Jamie hides what he is from everyone around him except his sister. This is important since the Lannisters are some of the longest-surviving characters in the novels so far and it's good to know the parts are in good hands.

The other long-term survivors are the Stark children, Sansa (Sophie Turner), Arya (Maisie Williams) and Bran (Issac Hempstead-Wright); Jon Snow (Kit Harrington; and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke); and all these young people seem to have the next generation well in hand.

Basically, everyone we have seen so far looks good, acts well, and is well turned-out. "Adult language" and blood and gore are used sparingly. The sex scenes are a bit gratuitous although brief--a bit eyebrow raising in that a) all the prostitutes are uniformly young and good-looking, and b)a particular position seems to be the default everywhere from Winterfell to the Dothraki Sea, but that may be intended to point up that this isn't our world.

Definitely worth watching (for adults). We look forward to seeing more.

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