Reviews for Amazon series ‘The Boys’

The Boys is a 2019 American dark comedy series about a group of vigilantes that determine to take out superheroes who abuse their superpowers.

The Amazon Original series is based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson and was developed by showrunner Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. It stars Karl Urban, Erin Moriarty, Jack Quaid and Antony Starr.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“In many respects The Boys is still getting warmed up, stretching its collective legs and establishing tone. Some have come for the guns, gore and censorship baiting excess, while most will stay for the depth, breadth and social commentary. For me, I get the best of both worlds.” Martin Carr, Flickering Myth

” …if you are sick to the back teeth of billowing capes, The Boys also offers a sly corrective to our current era of blind hero-worship by aiming some nasty kicks at their softest parts. It is gleeful, violent and blackly comic, a raucous rocket full of Kryptonite […] Billy Butcher sounds like a Viz character, and the whole series channels the same anarchic, profane energy.” Graeme Virtue, The Guardian

” …it is nagging to see a show so devoted to criticizing the delusional nature of superhero culture also ignore one of its more persistent sins: diminishing women to props […] Given the top-notch special effects and sharp writing at the core of The Boys, there are still loads of potential within this well-realized universe.” Ben Travers, IndieWire

“By the end of the season’s eight episodes, The Boys manages to tell a solid story with a breadth and depth of character development that Netflix’s cape fare always insisted it needed more time to do, which is refreshing, and its reflections on the ways that we obsess over comic book heroes are interesting.” Charles Pulliam-Moore, io9 Gizmodo

The Boys certainly isn’t going to be for everyone. It’s deeply blasphemous (though nice about it!), graphically violent, and explicitly sexual. But beyond those standard features of TV-MA programming lies an unexpected amount of heart. Removing much of the vicious misogyny of the books has given it a warmer feeling, even though the specter of workplace sexual violence remains. ” John-Michael Bond, Paste magazine

“Even the sporadic moments of cruel violence, which offer the series’ gratuitous blood and butter, can be too sloppy in their editing to be fully enjoyed. This series is nasty if not creative with its deaths in ways that are surprising (including how one man’s gets his skull crushed), but it struggles to be edgy where it matters most. The Boys has too little emotional momentum, and trouble with its construction throughout.” Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

“the sex-violence-and-superheroes vibe here doesn’t have enough to keep you from feeling a little fatigued by it all before the final episode delivers a weak closing wallop. The title may be the name of badasses tasked with taking these mega-human weapons of mass destruction down. What it’s really referring to is its ideal demographic.” David Fear, Rolling Stone

“Although this adaptation excises the most misanthropic parts of its source material, Ennis did, at least, have a clear thematic vision for that mean, nihilistic story. This show, by contrast, is a little too fond of its antiheroes to really throw them in the muck, to the point where they can feel like guests in their own series.” Steven Scaife, Slant magazine

Cast and characters:

  • Karl Urban … Billy Butcher
  • Erin Moriarty … Annie January
  • Jack Quaid … Hughie Campbell
  • Antony Starr … Homelander
  • Dominique McElligott … Queen Maeve
  • Jessie T. Usher … A-Train
  • Chace Crawford … The Deep
  • Tomer Capon … Frenchie
  • Karen Fukuhara … The Female
  • Nathan Mitchell … Black Noir
  • Elisabeth Shue … Madelyn Stillwell
  • Laz Alonso … Mother’s Milk
  • Colby Minifie … Ashley
  • Jennifer Esposito … Agent Susan Raynor
  • Simon Pegg … Hughie’s Dad
  • Shaun Benson … Ezekiel

Image credits: Amazon Originals

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