Has everyone gotten through this yet? If you have not, do it right now. Seriously stop what you are doing and watch it all.
This is the first show I have watched in a long time that has captivated me from the first second right through 13 episodes until the final second. And for sure it is the first show I have paused in the middle of, gone back, and written down what a character said. So many amazing quotes from here. Lots of which could easily lead to numerous educational discussions, not only on politics, but about life.
There are so many twists to discuss about I do not even know where to start.
I can't believe they released the entire first season at once, best idea I've ever seen. I can actually get into a show like this with more then one episode atleast and not have to wait and wait around to find out whats happening next.
There's tons of reviews floating around, here, elsewhere, among all the fever-pitch buzz about this show, and there isn't anything much to add/subtract, but let me just say the buzz is worth it, and then some.
Kevin Spacey is a maestro of deadpan acidity, of sharp wit, of steely resolve, of a serpentine insidiousness, of a subtle, underplayed sense of viciousness. And he shows all of that here in an absolutely bravura performance. The guy is a legend, and this show belongs to him entirely.
Among the supporting cast, Corey Stoll managed to capture the Shakespearean tragedy and fatalism of Pete Russo's character. I literally had goosebumps when his character was hitting the highs and was completely shattered when his character was hitting the lows. Robin Wright playing Claire Underwood was pretty much Lady Macbeth incarnated in 2013 - you always know she keeps her feelings contained. Michael Kelly playing Doug Stamper is the picture-perfect "right-hand man", doing Spacey's spadework with clockwork precision and deadly discretion. Kate Mara playing Zoe Barnes was perhaps the weakest link of the show, but that's also on account that she's competing with the likes of Spacey and Wright.
The setting and screenplay is very realistic. It is very believable that events that transpire have or are likely to happen at some point. And it has just the right amount of artistic license to spice things up, keep it interesting, and still latch onto a very realistic and solid base.
I gave it 5 stars because it's a fantastic achievement and adventurous/gutsy gamble for something like Netflix to spend so much money and commit so much resources to a show of this scope and scale. The production qualities are top-notch and this really feels more like a professional Hollywood production, leaving behind comparable TV shows. Had this been a regular CBS/Fox/etc production, I might have given it a 4.5 stars. Netflix had a lot of balls for being so committed and I really hope for their sake and ours, it pays off well.
Amazing.... utterly amazing. A sharp, intelligent, witty drama. Not so overly political that this Englishman cannot understand it but enough to interest. Kevin Spacey's southern drawl is amazing, the whole cast is put together amazingly well, with Robin Wright putting in a great performance throughout. the plot is tantalising, the only problem i have is Spacey is so good that you miss him when he is not on screen. If netflix is going to keep producing this sort of show i say... bring it on!
Let's face it, well crafted villains are just so damn fascinating: what drives them, will they succeed, and when will they be taken down at the knees? Kevin Spacey always looks comfortable on screen and seems to enjoy playing Frank Underwood, who is basically a shark in a suit: hunting and maneuvering just for the right moment when he can bite and consume the weak. And unlike the original British version, his wife is a fully developed character and is just as much a shark as her husband. But Claire (Robin Wright) seems to be torn between despising the weak but wanting to be compassionate. She is the character that actually makes me nervous because I can see a point where her goals will bring her into conflict with Frank. Set deep in the politics of Washington . "House of Cards" also points out clearly the problems with the American political system (lobbyists, party politics over representation, and money).
This show is AMAZING, I finished watching the entire first season and I want to watch the second season soooo bad. Kevin Spacey has done a wonderful job. It is one of the better shows I have seen in a while. You don't have to know anything about politics and you'll still love it :)