As I might have said before once or twice, I’ve always been a big fan of British/Irish films. Especially the crime-type ones, with their gritty, dark humor throughout. So I thought, why not watch a series instead? And that’s the gist of how I came to watch Peaky Blinders.
The show is set in the immediate years after the first World War, in the town of Small Heath, Birmingham. It kicks off with the discovery of a robbery of ammunition and weapons from a BSA munitions factory, with some telltale signs of it being the work of the Peaky Blinders gang. This prompts none other than Winston Churchill himself, to send in a special branches officer to Small Heath to retrieve and possibly, apprehend the Peaky Blinders in the act. Meanwhile Thomas Shelby, a WW I veteran and head of the family, has taken over the family business of gambling and bookmaking in the town, and has grand plans for expansion. The arrival of the special branches officer, Inspector Campbell, complicates things for Tommy Shelby and family, and now begins a tense game of cat-and-mouse between Campbell and Tommy. Also, where the hell did the munitions go?
The Peaky boys…
The plot is pretty tight and is relatively free of flaws. It is a bit slow at the start, but that is something I’m sure most would be fine with if they stick with Peaky Blinders for more than two episodes. Also the setting of the post-WWI conditions has been faithfully recreated, with great attention to detail. The cast is filled with amazing actors; Cillian Murphy as the battle-scarred Thomas Shelby is beyond brilliant. So is Annabelle Wallis’ portrayal of Grace, a new barmaid at one of the Shelby bars, and Helen McCrory as Aunt Polly. But my personal favorite was Paul Anderson’s act of Arthur Shelby. Even I myself don’t know why this is the case.
Get on the Shelby train if you are a fan of atmospheric dramas and gangster stuff. I’m pretty sure you won’t regret the decision. Because the show is great. Unless you don’t like watching good shows. But I digress.
RATING : 8.3/10
– setting is faithfully recreated
– awesome acting
– slow, tense buildup
– slow pacing early on