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80 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2013
BOARDWALK EMPIRE's 4th season adds even more brutal violence (yes, it was possible) and brilliant character-study with several supporting cast dominating screen-time (Chalky, Agent Jim, Mr. Purnsley, Will Thompson and the twitchy Dr. Narcisse). Even so, Steve Buscemi remains the #1 reason to follow the show religiously. Lots of fun time is spent in Florida and, of course, in Chicago focusing on the rise of Al Capone (A role and accent mastered by British actor, Stephen Graham).

Overall, the finest gift of the EMPIRE is its dedication to realistic-fiction with spot-on set-pieces, costumes and exquisite jazz along with our anti-heroes believable story-lines over the years. BOARDWALK is a gorgeous, potent, harrowing concoction of the bleak, gang-land 20's. To the lost . . .
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2014
I don't know how this show does it but it rises to excellence every year and still remains new and fresh. That means a solid cast of core characters played by great actors(although we sometimes have to say goodbye to favorites) and a fresh crop of new faces adding more depth to the story. The production value is epic music wardrobe and sets trap rating you to the roaring twenties. This season that is even more true with the Onyx club and the jazz age taking center stage, in fact it is almost a main character in itself. Here is where we meet a vivid new character Margot Bingham plays daughter Maitland a beautiful mysterious chanteuse at the club. Her acting is phenomenal and her performances and singing on stage are beyond top notch. She really recreates the excitement of the era. She share an ambiguous and close relationship with Dr. Valentine Narcisse who is a drug dealer and thug in the disguise of a community activist.
It is 1924 and Nucky is lying ole at an empty hotel on the shore. He is busy brokering a peace agreement between Masseria and Rothstein. The mysterious Richard, played so well by Jack Huston, arrives in town to hide out with his sister leaving another trail of dead bodies in his wake. Lucky's brother Eli is having family problems. His oldest son gets into big trouble at his Ivy League college and returns home wanting to join the family business which is fine with uncle Nucky, but which his father is dead set against. Gillian is a down and out heroin addict reduced to turning tricks while she fights for custody of her grandson. Seemingly, her knight in shining armor appears but who is he really? All of these characters and more have their compelling stories woven into what is an intense, highly watchable drama that is addicting, it is so good.
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2013
Boardwalk Empire is some of the best TV ever made, exactly what I would expect from HBO which has brought us Band of Brothers, Game of Thrones and The Pacific. Watching this show puts you back into the 1920's with incredibly accurate sets, costumes and locales. The casting is impeccable and the scripts keep your attention completely. The actors all do an incredible job making the characters deep, complex and relatable in their flaws. It can be brutal at times, but it is a series about the rise of the mobs. This is a signature achievement in TV. Enjoy
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43 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2013
The Boardwalk Empire TV series on HBO is justifiably noted for its good acting (especially from Steve Buscemi as the shrewd but conflicted 'Nucky' Thompson) and its excellent costuming and period set decorations. The series primarily covers Atlantic City, New Jersey in the 1920's with its emphasis on the rise of organized crime during the Prohibition era. Although the history of the period is sometimes distorted for dramatic effect, the character development in the series is well done. Again, Buscemi's performance alone is worth the price. Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano, Al Capone as well political 'luminaries' of this era (such as Andrew Mellon, Secretary of the Treasury under Coolidge) all make recurring appearances. This is one of HBO's best dramatic series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2014
Fantastic series! This is one, like a good book, you don't want it to end! The characters, costumes, scenarios are all so realistic that makes this show so genuine and really worth watching. There is an abundance of violence as surely there was during prohibition. You really get attached to the various characters, especially Nucky. Well worth the watch.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2014
Gosh, have fallen in love with this series since I joined Amazon Prime. Binge-watched the first three seasons, couldn't hardly wait for this last one. It was well worth the wait. All the story lines are driven forward, with MANY surprising twists and turns. Pop a huge bowl of popcorn, empty yer bladder, and binge-watch with no worries about buyer's remorse !
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 14, 2014
I really love Boardwalk Empire and will be sad when its final season ends later this month. But Season 4 was something of a disappointment for me. The first two seasons of the show were brilliant and there was very little complain about them. About the only irritant was Lucy Danziger and her whiny demeanor.

Season 3 was good but not in the same league of the first two seasons. A lot of that has to do with a completely distracting major subplot dealing with Margaret Schroeder and her effort to bring proper prenatal care to the women of Atlantic City. I also didn't like her additional storyline of a romance with Nucky's enforcer Owen Sleater.

In Season 4, Margaret's character with her annoying, holier-than-thou attitude was mostly absent, but there were some fresh irritations...

<spoilers>

1. I found the entire story about Nucky's nephew Willy and his lethal practical joke at college to be completely uninteresting. There's something about the actor playing that character that I found very unappealing.

2. Having Eli betray Nucky yet again was a mistake. It made no sense that Eli would have gotten himself into such a foolish predicament again. I would have much preferred Eli continuing to be Nucky's right-hand man, a position he won after he redeemed himself in Season 3.

3. Chalky's decision to go on the lam after an incompetent effort to assassinate Dr. Narcisse made no sense. One attempt to kill his rival fails and he runs away with his girlfriend? C'mon, Chalky was a fighter and I don't think he would have run away after failing once to deal with Narcisse.

4. The Gillian story veered into absurdity with "Roy" going to such a prolonged effort to get her to confess to murdering Roger in Season 3. I could believe he would romance her to get that confession...but help her kick her heroin habit and spend months with her and become intimate with her and stage that charade that finally got her to talk about the murder and have three of his fellow Pinkertons hiding in the closet to hear her confession? That was just silly

Don't get me wrong: the show had a lot of good points:

-The Onyx Club was a beautiful setting with wonderful period music and costumes. The actress who played Daughter Maitland can sing like a bird.

-Capone's rise to power with Van Alden helping him rather unwillingly was fascinating.

-The brutal fights between Chalky and Dunn Purnsely and Eli and his FBI handler were amazing.

-Buscemi was great as always and it was great to have him matched up with Patricia Arquette playing a woman who was much better suited to him than the conflicted Margaret.

<end spoilers>

A final thought...I'm a bit baffled by people loving the Richard Harrow character. The actor playing him does a very good job with the character and I can see some aspects of tragedy in the character's life. However, I find myself skeptical that some of the same people who profess admiration/sympathy for Harrow would want to be in the same state with a man who had killed as many people as he had (which included innocent people he had murdered on contract...including scalping an old man whose only crime was disrespecting Jimmy Darmody).

In any case, I will mourn Boardwalk Empire's departure, but I will watch Seasons 1 and 2 and the gangster scenes in Season 3 more than Season 4.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2014
I think this is An excellent series but I don't see much of a wow factor in season four but still an excellent series Nonetheless and I will definitely be buying season five when it becomes available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2014
I'm definitely going to see it through but I have to admit I'm getting pretty bored with the story line right now. Overall, the first three seasons were fast-paced and historically familiar. They even had me researching certain time frames. Drama-filled. Action-packed. In the fourth season, everything seems to be in slooooow moooootion with a few fights, stabbings, and murders thrown in. I know Florida matters but I don't like it. Strong characters from the first three seasons appear weaker, soft-spoken, indecisive. We'll see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2015
Like a fool I continue to fall victim to the trap and this time it got pricey. Amazon Prime gives Season 1 for free and then once hooked get them to buy Season 2 through 5. Worked on me for Season 2 and then again for Season 3 and now four Season 4. And just like the heroin in the show, once hooked raise the price on them. Season 4 price is much higher than 2 and 3. Oh well, addiction is heck. But that's fine as the quality of this show is better than anything you find on network....
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