This series was beautifully done. I am absolutely, unequivocally, and irrationally in love with Leo. The man who plays Leo, Tom Riley, is quite talented, and very impressive. The fact that he learned to be ambidextrous for this roll, proves his dedication, as well as his skill. He also has this rough, sexy appeal, that makes his character that much more intriguing. Also, very fun to watch. His portrayal of Leo is, fresh, fun, and incredibly exciting.
I enjoy the little known facts about Leonardo Da'Vinci, that are written into the drama. Also, the cheeky humor, and the slight supernatural flare that accompany it all. I think this series is smart, fresh, and very enticing . I am glad that I gave it a chance. I was opposed to it at first, thinking it to be a historical production. Which, there is truth to some of the bits about Leo, weaved into the fiction. I believe that is what gives this series the unique quality that keeps me watching, as well as others.
I am very, very overjoyed, that Starz will be presenting a second season. My impatience and anticipation are elevated to the point of insanity. Spring seems like an eternity to wait, but the promise of more, and past episodes, will help ease the madness.
I would recommended this series to anyone who enjoys history that has been fictionalized, and has intrest in Leonardo Da'Vinci as a young man. I say this again, it is fiction, with some truths. It is meant for entertainment. I love this show!
This show is amazing everything is just right! I can't wait for season 2 it has to come out already! Da Vinci's Demons shows how advance was Leo back then for his time. He always finds a way. I'm so fascinated with this show! Please keep making more!
Wow, I love this show. I really bloody-well love it. I can't wait for season 2. Even though he's not your typical hot as hell lead, Leo melts me. I don't even know what it is about his character, but I found myself swooning, God even I can't believe I just said that. I also found myself really invested in other characters too. When awful things happened to some characters towards the end of season 1, I was really cut & actually yelled at the tv, "nnnoooooooo". It's on my must watch radar for season 2. Must, must, must watch
Hey guys, seriously in that historical age, the main actor is the only one there with hair gel..... looks sooooo freaking stupid to me..... i mean come on guys really, hair gel for the main actor?... The show and the story is awesome and interesting but i cant dig the main actor cause of the hair gel ^^, i know you wanted to make him look appart of all others and give him a sense of "something else" but deffinetly not by using hair gel..... its lame, you shoud lose the gel....
When I saw the previews for this show I thought it would be kind of a historical, slightly supernatural, drama that may or may not be interesting depending on how well it was acted. Boy was I wrong. This show is certainly a drama, but there is some awesome comedy in here as well. If you want historical accuracy, look elsewhere, because this has nothing to do with the actual life and times of Leo Da Vinci. On the other hand, if you like a bit of action and goofiness in your historical dramas, you'll like this. This might sound weird, but in some ways the vibe of this show reminds me a bit of the Robin Hood with Jonas Armstrong in it. Which was also an awesome show, btw.
The characters are interesting: Leonardo is quirky and utterly bonkers, but in an endearing, not tiresome, way. Initially I thought Lorenzo would just be a foil for Leo to show off his genius, but the character is actually interesting in his own right. Lucrezia is not as well developed as she could be, but I think the show is working its way up to something with her, and at the very least she's not just a pretty face.
The other thing that I like about this show is that it doesn't try to force supernatural stuff into the episodes. Every once in a while we get weird visions or whatever, but by and large it has very little to do with what's going on in Florence, and it's always accompanied by sleep-deprivation or drugs, so there's not necessarily anything truly supernatural about it. His "demons" are more metaphorical than literal, and in this particular case I like it that way.
I rather like this show. It's well produced, a bit tongue in cheek, and grown up drama at the same time. A tricky combination to pull off. This sort of approach can easily turn into a Carry On farce but here it keeps a steely edge. The lovely Laura Haddock, who has regularly appeared in a few recent UK comedy shows as the attractive girl/love interest of the male leads and here she is playing to type, though not for laughs, which is nice to see. The Papal badies are suitably medieval in their callous vicousness and the Medicis, the supposed goodies of the piece, appear to be ambiguous in this regard. It all makes for a good old yarn and I found the first few episodes very engaging.
Yes, I found myself wondering why does Leonardo have short hair and why does he act like a complete tosser, who would frankly annoy the hell out of any normal adult, and then I look at the idiot sycophants he knocks about with and I think maybe the writers want us the feel that way about him. I don't know the answer but I do find myself forgiving Leonardo his character flaws, probably in much the same way as the other characters also forgive him.
Those viewers & reviewers, who clearly wanted to see a Hallmark production of Leonardo Da Vincis life, will be disappointed. Lets face it people not much is really known about the man, save for his art and drawings, so cut the writers some slack. The tale is a fantasy so lets leave it at that.
In my mind I have compared this show with the current production of The Borgias, which while fiction, sticks to the history of the time reasonably well. The same cannot be said of DVD, which is more fantastical and whimsical; though having said that DVD is more medieval steampunk than pure fantasy.
The accents are different, the appetites of Leonardo is of another kind, the interests of the'' maestro'' totally different and, most fictional of all, his inventions work! If that were true, then the world today would be more advanced technologically.
The hardest part so far, for me, has been accepting the main actor, really bad casting, but the production is interesting enough to keep my attention.
(First, sorry for the grammar... is not my 1st language... or 2nd to be honest)
About the show.
What a hurtful, sloppy, and inaccurate description of one of the Greatest Genius of Human History... Lazy people are running this show.
- He was left-handed, some few notes of the consequences of being ambidextrous and the "practice of it" but he was left-handed,
- Where that ascent came from? Was it necessary? Born and grow up in 'old Italy' and you will end it up with a new Yorker/Yankee ascent? I do not believe it!
Shows like Doctor Who and the PHENOMENAL Sherlock, had ready proven that ascent is no longer a problem for a worldview public. Great show writers, check it out.
- Da Vinci probably learn a lot with Copernicus and Galileo, because he has a notable political skill in the matter of religion, never truly confronted by the church until his version of the Saint Supper... always under the protection of a king/lord for military purpose, this aspect of the character should be better developed.
- Do you need a secret society and meeting in a cave where the "host" disappear with all the "furniture"? For real?
Trying to force some mystery around Da Vinci into our throats to justified (or mystified) his world knows Geniuses' is a kid joke from the writing point of view.
He was not an alien or a magic child! The only people who need that extra "magic/mystery" into their BYO to appear important are those people who had accomplished NOTHING and want to appear important anyway (my boss, some colleagues, me at
Writers grab a couple of books, ok... just one than! Nevertheless, stop writing! Leonardo Da Vinci is probably the Human being who has more accomplishments in several fields in the History of Human kind! read that paragraph again, really!
What make him so memorable was his lack of fear to think without boundaries that comes with people dominated by also why his ACCOMPLISHMENTS were out of scale for his time.
In addition, the fact that he... even aware of his High intellect, only consider himself just a "humble servo" (his words) make that character so Special and interesting.
- He was probably gay, "Does it matter Douglas?" It definitely not!
Alexander the Great was also probably gay, Einstein was probably hetero, etc, etc...
NO NEED for a hetero or gay flag here or try to make this a Matter of sex instead of Brain... buuuuut do we really need a Plot or Arc (whatever the writes call this) where Leonardo Da Vinci's been Played by a woman in bed???
Writers please, go type some Soap or an Episode from the Real Unreal Maybe Real-comefindout!- Desperate Housewives with Yankee ascent....
Again, the Plot is not well placed for this character, not because he was gay (or not) but because he is a REAL character for Christ sake and there is no base for that kind of assumption.
If you are going to tell the history of Leonardo Da Vinci, do not try to invent it for yourself, use some History base.... Otherwise, you can call "The History of one of the Greater Genius of Human Kind by me and myself and my inner self imagination and Elf's from a cave
It does not matter if he was gay or not... Because your genitals are miles away from the Brain!!
He was this Genius and a kind person for his development as human being (brain, body, inner self if you prefer) and not from which sex position he had chosen.
Amazing Human, unfortunately his memory and life is not being honoured in this particular Show at the height of his achievements.
To those who in a country, the usa, who are the quickest to call someone a Homosexual just because the person does not conform to your cookie cutter mentality of black and white on sexual issues.
Court records of 1476, when he was aged twenty-four, show that Leonardo and three other young men were charged with sodomy in an incident involving a well-known male prostitute.
To those who have issue with what you call an Italian, the country of Italy did not exit a hundred years ago! It was city states and he was of Florence, a city that was known for it's tolerant attitudes (think Sweden, Netherlands, UK today)
Additionally him having a RP English Accent (yes there are dozens of different English Accents in the UK/Eire), throughout history and continues to this day, when a person has their child tutored in English as a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc Language, they CHOOSE and PAY for their child to speak RP English.
NOT AMERICANA YANKese. (nasal whiney mono-tonal speaking without proper grammar is Not how the Italians or even the Chinese of Today learn to speak RP English.
So if you cant stand an RP English Accent, I suggest you and all like you stay in the county you were born, will live your entire life and die in. IF and When you actually were to travel the world you would find far more RP English speakers than Southern Hick Drawls or Bimbo California hey dude I have only 2 brain cells accents. Yes those of us who speak PROPER RP English - find your accent to be annoying and a murdering of the English Language when you speak.
This programme gets worse, calling Leonardo, LEO... an Anglicised modern term that is historically in-accurate and a abomination to the reputation of one of the Greatest Gay Figures in History)
He was Never Called LEO.
And to those who can not even bother nor know how to type proper English, YES it is a story about a historical figure and as such, the personal attributes of the person should be adhered to.
How would YOU feel a tv programme was made about martin luther king and he was played by a Blonde Hair'd Blue Eyed Woman?
Okay when i saw the previews & promo's for this show i was excited, couldn't wait to watch this, now after watching the pilot i feel let down. Yes they did spend money on this show, with the sets & everything else, but through this whole episode the one thing that really annoyed me was Leonardo Da Vinci had a British Accent. Couldn't Tom Riley do an Italian accent or was that to hard for him. For all the other reviews below, yes he was Gay & not a womanizer & he was an inventor, but i cant get past his British Accent everytime he spoke it ruin the show. Not Happy.
da vinci was italian and they gave him a british accent,just because he was smart;the genius creators thought -what a better way to show that he was smart than by giving him a british accent just like sherlock . not to mention the fact tha the show is historical incorrect and is trying to transform da vinci from an artist and a scientist to a womanizer and a hero or something like that. if you were expecting something like borgias or rome you wont like it . dont watch it . is one of the shows that from the first episode you know that will not last, just like zero hour
if you burned youres eyes watching the pilot of ABCs zero hour you pretty much know what to expect from the pilot of this show. I get the thought that writers copy paste plot ideas around on these bad pilots, and like monkeys they poop out pilot scripts like this one on a keyboard.
Leonardo di Vinci was Gay, yet in this monkeys (writers) head he was a womanizer and a party animal...
it has nudity and sexual scenes, but i get the impression that all the nude was supposed to remove the focus from the utter lack of depth in the characters, witch are as one dimensional as the writers imagination. To add Salt to the wound its a show about leonardo da vinci, one of the greatest men in history, his REAL life story would have made for a ten times better show than this piece of feces.
When I saw the preview of this show I was quite positively intrigued, and was, I must admit, waiting for the pilot with some anticipation. Sadly, as is obvious from the title of my review, the show was a disappointment of the highest order.
For orders sake I shall start with the positives, and those are few, indeed the only aspect that I can say is well done are the costumes and the props/staging/scenery, although with regards to the latter it must be said that the CG sometimes looks very poor, so much so that scenes from Assassins Creed look more realistic.
Now the bad. Here one is spoiled for choice. This show, like many others of its kind (Elementary, Mentalist etc), was made with the intention of having the main character as its main pillar of support, and main hope for greatness. Unfortunately the main character is not only miscast, which is simply my personal opinion of the actors features and can therefore be somewhat ignored, but also poorly written and equally poorly acted out. It is obvious that what was intended was an eccentric, whimsical, but haunted and brilliant character, akin to Sherlock Holmes from Elementary. Sadly Tom Riely's Da Vinci is a far cry from Jonny Lee Miller's Holmes. Its as if watching someone who is trying to be witty and sarcastic but simply isn't and trying so hard that it becomes rather painful for the audience. Of course Riley is not helped by by the other cast members any, who offer little or no repartee, and whose acting is by and large poor, and the characters seem very stiff and one dimentional, like puppets coming to life when they have a line and then going limp when not.
With what the show expected to be its main pillar crumbling, the writers/producers/director do nothing to help and do quite a bid to harm. The plot is intriguing, the screen play is not, and worse it is painfully predictable. Furthermore instead of focusing on character and plot, the show gives us doses of pointless nudity and sexual scenes. In fact I think about half of the scenes in the pilot can be cut and nothing from the plot will be lost, and no harm would come to the character development. As an example what is the point of the first scene with the Turk? It isn't especially exciting or crucial to the story, and it is just repeated once again (same footage) later in the show. One would think that the producers and director would have better things to do than wast time like that in their pilot.
Overall I was very disappointed with the show. Perhaps the problem is that when tackling such an epic figure as Leonardo Da Vinci one expect the result to be equally epic and anything less just leaves a sour taste in the mount, this show was not unlike going to Disneyland as a child to see the ever adored Mickey Mouse only to be confronted with Mickey clearly made of fabric, with a permanently frozen grin on its face, and a zipper showing on its back.
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