Perry Mason (review)

Perry Mason (review)
Perry Mason (review)
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Many of us remember the original TV show that ran from 1957 to 1966. This limited series goes back to 30s LA, when Mason was still a private investigator (he becomes a lawyer halfway thru the series). When a kidnapped child is found dead, the case takes us thru corrupt police, conspiring crooks and the mechanizations of a mega-church. Even though it’s often dark and even violent, the overall tone is somber and slow. Matthew Rhys (who replaced Robert Downey Jr in the role) creates a sullen character, while joined by a strong group of actors. The period art direction and shadowy cinematography give it that HBO high-end look and, in this case, it means the dramatization has to be slow and “important.” The show isn’t especially compelling, but it’s an attractively made procedural (before they were called that). BWT, a 2nd season has been confirmed.

 

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

 

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