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Political drama captivates viewers
Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 16:03
Corruption in politics, sex, drugs and power make “House of Cards” impossible not to watch. After Netflix released all 13 episodes of the new adaptation of the British miniseries, there’s no need to keep waiting for more.
“House of Cards” is comparable to a high budget film. Production is top quality. The writing done by Beau Willimon, who wrote the 2011 political drama film “Ides of March,” is what sets the political tone of the drama. However, the writing is far from original.
Although it is based on a concept similar to the British miniseries, the show fails to make use of its advantages. The writers miss the opportunity to create something new with the story. It seems almost cliché for a political drama to include a journalist who is willing to have sex with politicians to gather news.
Fortunately, there are plenty of other reasons to watch the show that make up for its lack of originality.
Democrat Francis “Frank” J. Underwood speaks to the camera and engages the viewers in his plans. This way of speaking right to the camera is adapted from the original series, but works very well in Spacey’s favor.
Spacey’s facial expressions and haunting voice are so intriguing that one can’t help but look forward to his next step.
Mixed with dark humor and witty lines, Underwood’s character becomes captivating.
His character is perfect for skeptics who question the political system. In his dialogue are truths people believe politicians hide from the public.
Character development moves very quickly in “House of Cards.” Perhaps the most rapid change is seen through the young reporter, Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara). Her character first appears in jeans and a hooded sweater, and then evolves into wearing skirts and blazers after her stories make the front page of the Washington Herald. Her character, as well as Underwood’s, show how acquisition of power can quickly change people.
His relationship with his wife, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), also takes a surprising turn. Out of the blue, as Underwood gains more and more power, their marriage is plagued with secrets.
What makes the show so addicting is its characters. Although Zoe Barnes is a cliché, her character still plays an integral part in the story.
It is 13 hours filled with corruption involving the most powerful people in the country. With the show’s engaging characters, it’s easy to sit and binge on a few episodes at once.