House of Cards (TV Series Review) [Part 2 of 2]


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Italicized means it’s been mentioned in the Part 1 review.

After being passed up for Secretary of State, a congressman begin an intricate plan of revenge on the new President. His wife deals with the troubles of expanding her foundation and the congressman becomes allies with a young reporter, hungry for the next story. The second half also deals more with the congressman’s attempt take down the president, which somehow relates to getting a congressman elected to be the next governor of his state.

Pros

Kevin Spacey is amazing! His character is evil but you can’t help but love him. The supporting characters are also fantastic, the show is extremely well acted. I think Robin Wright and Kate Mara stand out alongside Spacey as giving A+ performances. David Fincher directed the first 2 episodes, which were really good. The story is great, and pretty unpredictable. I love what I’m seeing so far. Actually come to think of it, I forgot to mention Corey Stoll who does a great job playing a Congressman who can’t handle the tough side of the job. He too gives a human quality to what could have been just another supporting character. 

The second half also features great performances from Spacey and Stoll, as well as Mara. The acting is just top-notch on this show, I’m blown away. Now be warned, there is a lot of sex in the show. If that’s not your cup of tea, then you should at least give it a chance. While there is a lot of sex, there isn’t that much nudity, you pretty much just hear lots and lots and lots of sex.

Cons

Some might not appreciate Spacey’s breaking of the 4th wall. Episode 3 was a bit weak in my opinion. I really wish Fincher had directed more as his style and direction could have really been utilized with the last couple of episodes. There was one episode that just felt useless, it featured Spacey returning to his old school and spending a day living in the past with his old friends. It was a good episode, but didn’t tie in very well with anything else going on. It was useless, and they made it that way.

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