A Game of Bro’s: HBO’s Latest Adventure Has Swords!

Posted: 4 June, 2011 in Reviews, Theatrical
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HBO has pulled another one out of its ass. Their recent adaptation of George Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire has been making waves this season. The series titled A Game of Thrones (taken from the series’ first book) stars Boromir, the white mayor from The Wire, the dwarf that isn’t Vern Troyer, and mostly otherwise unknowns. ¬†Despite that lack of experience, the acting and direction has been solid all around. ¬†And in accordance with their established nature, the network misses no opportunity for blood or boobs.

I’ve long doubted the books, but I am becoming convinced that this may be the best possible medium for such an endeavour. ¬†Those critical often cite the complexity and large ensemble as a weakness, though for a high-end serial format this is a strength. ¬†There are no fewer characters with lesser connectedness than in their wildly successful Treme. The violence has been about on par with The Wire. ¬†The epic scope is every bit as grand as The Sopranos. ¬†Except they’re fighting for¬†a continent the size of South America, rather than¬†the island of Manhattan ¬†(though the population is probably about the same).

I finally got to catch up this week with “You Win or You Die”.¬†Both the swordplay and political¬†maneuvering¬†are¬†fascinating¬†to watch and¬†the¬†acting is¬†superb (with headliner Sean Bean overshadowed by the performance of Peter Dinkle as Tyrion “the Imp” Lannister).

For all those who want to start from the¬†beginning¬†or are just looking forward to Sunday’s episode, I will be posting the official BAMFRant drinking game for HBO’s A Game of Thrones tomorrow, just in time for the evening’s episode.

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