Westworld: Season 1 (TV Show Review)


PRAISES:

A brilliantly complex and well put together show, Westworld sits happily ranked at IMDb’s 16th best show. Starring Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, The Elephant Man), Evan Rachel Wood (Across the Universe, The Wrestler), Thandie Newton (The Pursuit of Happiness, Mission Impossible: 2), and Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale, Source Code), this is not exactly star-spangled (other than Hopkins and Wright they are mostly new to the scene) but has incredible acting. The high quality acting combined with excellent cinematography makes this one of the best sci-fi shows out there. Though occasionally a little confusing (thanks to time skips), this show leaves behind many breadcrumbs for the viewers to figure out the grand reveals. Straight from the get-go in episode 1, Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight, Memento) and J. J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Super 8) drop us into a well-explained world, all the way through to the last episode that rounds off all the storylines in a surprising, yet perfectly neat fashion. I would recommend this show to anyone who is in the slight bit interested in sci-fi, or westerns, or anything for that matter!

PLOT:

Westworld is a theme park set in the Wild West, where guests pay thousands of dollars a day to experience life as a cowboy, bounty hunter, or whatever they choose to be. Populated by A.I. synthezoids and androids (the older models) called hosts, the guests can do anything they like, with no consequences. When the hosts start acting up and doing things they shouldn’t be able to, the question of intelligence arise and they begin to question their reality.

PROBLEMS:

A little too confusing at times and just how Felix managed to get his hands on code that he was otherwise not permitted is still left unanswered.

POINTS:

Artistic Impression: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Enjoyment: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐

Overall: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

PETTY TRIVIA:

1) The entire first season of Westworld had a budget of $100 million!

2) Quentin Tarantino was asked to helm this remake but he declined.

3) The official Westworld site is set up as an actual holiday site.

4) The modern songs heard on the player piano in the Mariposa Saloon & Hotel are the idea of Jonathan Nolan. Nolan and composer Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones, Warcraft) have explained that the covers are to remind people that the world is a theme park, and that everything is scripted. The songs are chosen by Nolan and include ‘Black Hole Sun’ by Soundgarden and ‘House of the Rising Sun’ by Animals.

5) Robert Ford (Hopkins) shares a common name with the man who shot Jesse James, a famous American outlaw.

PANDA:

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475784/

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuS5huqOND4

please check out some theories, predictions, and questions on Season 2 of Westworld that I wrote about here.

I just did a trailer breakdown for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. You can read it here.

Liked this? Check out my reviews of ‘Arrival‘ or ‘Doctor Strange‘!

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