ICYMI, HBO’s Perry Mason, releasing today on DStv and Showmax simultaneously, is an adaptation of lawyer and author Erle Stanley Gardner’s series of detective stories. Firmly situated within the post-Depression noir genre, you’ll never be bored or without 1930’s inspiration. The series will definitely fill the Game of Thrones shaped gore vacuum within your binge line-up.
What’s it about?
It’s 1932, and despite the Great Depression, LA is booming. But when the kidnapping case of the decade comes knocking on down-and-out detective Perry Mason’s door, his relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and, just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.
HBO’s biggest debut in nearly two years, Perry Mason reboots the award-winning 1950s-60s series based on Erle Stanley Gardner’s detective stories. Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters, The Americans, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) is Perry Mason. Tatiana Maslany, herself an Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee for her leading role in Orphan Black, and Oscar nominee John Lithgow (The Crown, 3rd Rock from the Sun) co-star.
Why do we like it?
We had a sneak peek at the season and we can assure you that you will be in for a wild ride. The series is beautifully shot, capturing the era very effectively but still addressing issues that we have to this day. Look out for plot points on police violence and racial inequality.
Perry himself is such a complicated character, that taking on a role such as this is quite challenging. Matthew Rhys does a great job of portraying the torment and inner turbulence of Mason in both his professional and personal life. Although the series is set in Los Angeles, Hollywood takes a backseat as the more unglamorous parts of LA take the forefront adding to the noir and grunge backdrop of the series.
There is an honesty to this series that really captivated me, especially when it comes to the characterisations. This leads the series to be a raw rendition of the various themes (religion being another huge plot point) working together to form a captivating, unrelenting whodunnit series that will have you hooked in minutes.
Perry Mason is available on Showmax on Tuesdays at 23:00 from 28 July, the same day as M-Net.
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