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article imageOp-Ed: House of Cards Review

By Lewis McCathie     Mar 30, 2013 in Entertainment
Having watched all thirteen episodes of Netflix's 'House of Cards' in one weekend, I was thoroughly impressed with this near-perfect political drama.
With a budget of $100 million, and with such an impressive cast and crew involving the likes of Kevin Spacey and David Fincher, it is easy to see why reviews have been so good for this show.
Kevin Spacey plays Frank Underwood, the House Majority Whip who looks forward to a cushy Secretary of State position, which was promised to him by the new President-elect.
However, things don't work out the way he wanted them to, and he consequently plots the downfall of those involved. Although the general concept is based on an older British version with the same name, I cannot recommend this American version enough. After each episode I was intrigued to find out what would happen next. The writers (Beau Willimon among others) do an excellent job with the script, there isn't too much overbearing jargon, and the dialogue is as witty as it is interesting. The use of symbolism is something to look out for, as it is used to excellent effect in relation to the storytelling.
Kevin Spacey is electric as the South Carolinan congressman, as his charismatic performance is elevated to a whole new level when he breaks the fourth wall on a regular basis and shares his thoughts and feelings with the audience. Not only is it wonderfully directed by experienced pros such as David Fincher and Joel Schumacher, but you will probably admire the realistic production design, the Oval Office set is as close to the real thing as you are going to get I would have to say. And together with a haunting soundtrack by Jeff Beal (the opening sequence is impressive in itself) and gorgeous, dark cinematography, this really is a masterpiece of a drama. Some skeptics questioned whether releasing such a top-notch drama such as this one all at once on Netflix was wise, arguing would it not make more sense to go the more traditional route and release an episode a week. Well the response speaks for itself, with the show and its cast and crew hot favorites for Emmy awards, and with at least a couple of more seasons in the pipeline, I would say that the gamble has paid off.
IMDB users have rated the show at a solid 9/10. And the positive reviews far outnumber the not so good reviews. According to various sources, House of Cards is an even more realistic portrayal of Capitol Hill than you might think, with some speculating that certain characters may be based on real-life politicians.
If you enjoy a good drama, then definitely check House of Cards out, as I am certain you won't regret it.
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