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 Post subject: West World
PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:14 am 
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HBO's latest offering of non-stop violence, soft core pornography and profanity has hit the box.

West World is a re-imagining of the 1970s two part movie series (and short TV series) by the same name. In the movie series West World is a robot theme park where rich people pay for "anything goes" and are allowed to murder, rape and generally abuse their human appearing and acting robot "hosts" as playthings. There are other less violent and unseemly story lines as well that HBO has eschewed for the formula that works their audience. Eventually the robots begin to malfunction and run amuck murdering the park guests in Jurassic Park kind of way.

The series is a bit deeper and more involved plot line than the original movies. There is much more of a build up to the park breakdown that is merely hinted at so far and there are several subplots that look promising. I imagine things will go deeply sideways near the end of Season 1. When they do go sideways the park guests will likely be in for a bumpy ride. It will be interesting to see how people react from playing King of the Mountain with god like advantages to being on a level playing field with cyborgs hell bent on revenge.

The acting is just as good if not better than the original. Ed Harris does a great stand in for Yul Brynner, who was scary as hell in the original even if he was a bit one dimensional. While Harris is not at this time identified as a robot he is playing the role of the unstoppable black hat gunslinger. This original role is often regarded as the basis for the Terminator character. Anthony Hopkins fills the mad scientist role that was played by Arthur Hill, who while competent was nowhere near Hopkins' league. There are a number of other talented actors such as Jeffery Wright, Evan Rachael Wood and Thandie Newton playing various key roles.

Special effects are good to very good and they spent a lot of money on CGI, costumes and sets.

Because it is HBO the violence, profanity and nudity are not merely excessive they are practically celebrated and insisted upon making some of the guest characters cartoonish. At some point during ep2 Hopkins waxes poignantly on the whoredom of the entertainment industry:

"What is the point of it? Get a couple of cheap thrills? Some surprises? But it is not enough, it's not about giving the guests what you think they want. No that's simple. The titillation, horror, elation... they're parlor tricks. The guests don't return for the obvious things we do, the garish things, they come back for the subtleties, the details, something that they imagine no one has noticed before..."

Hopkins can pull off a double entendre speech like that in a way few actors could. Overall I rate it worth watching for now.

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Boy I sure was wrong about Ed Harris and glad to be so. His character is much more interesting than any the original series offered.

I was right about everything else though. Bumpy ride in Season 2.

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