House of cards, a tv show review

A tv show review written by: Lee Sonogan

(2013) 51mins/ Drama

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The show is about a congressman who works with his equally convincing wife to gain power and exact revenge on people who betray them. The show is an adaptation of the original BBC drama series House of Cards in 1990. Then that show was based on the novel by Michael Dobbs, a British politician and author. It was the first original Netflix production to win an Emmy. If you do not like the premise of brutal politics and Kevin Spacey in a show, then read no more.

The first two seasons together cost $100 million. Each season has 13 episodes. One episode per card in a suit of playing cards. This was Netflix’s second official product back in 2013. Production of this original Netflix series is virtually unique for the extraordinary creative freedom permitted filmmakers to write/ direct/ produce without undue supervision or second-guessing, a major factor that drew Oscar nominees like David Fincher to the project. You might know this famous director from such films as Fight Club, Se7en,  Gone girl and so much more.

Kevin Spacey plays the lead role in this show as Frank Underwood. The character is brutal, he speaks in the best southern accent I have heard, and some of the best acting I have seen him in. In season 1 episode 1, Francis is seen playing Killzone 3, Kevin Spacey is also a voice actor in one of the Call Of Duty games, which is a first-person shooter. During an interview on Inside the Actors Studio, Kevin Spacey was asked, “What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?”. His answer was, ‘Politics’.

Production was based in a 300,000 sq. ft. plus warehouse in the fashion industrial district in Joppa, MD. The set is actually part of an older Macy’s distribution centre, and all the driving scenes were performed in a green screen room, which served as a refrigerator for fur coats. Inside the building, the following sets can be found: Oval Office, the Underwood home, House of Representatives, various state representative’s offices, South Carolina governor’s office, various plush hotel suites.

Fight Club has got to be one of my favourite movies of all time. So I was excited to find out when I started this show that David Fincher was one of the main producers of it. I am sure that he had some influence on the show with the other directors on the set. Overall each part of this show is done to near perfection for a political genre. Acting, story, scenes, speeches, monologues, references, brutality, politically based stories and so much more. Frank and Clair Underwood are amazing characters that are developed well over the current four seasons that are currently out. Season 5 comes out this year. I recommend this tv show to people who like good acting and do not mind dialogue mostly about politics and power themes.


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