Creator – Peter Moffat
Actors – Bryan Cranston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Hope Davis, Hunter Doohan, Carmen Ejogo
Your Summit of Honor in its first episode. More specifically, it is the culmination of the first action in the first section. That’s worrying, because the 10-hour Showtime miniseries – known as the return of the great Bryan Cranston to television – spends the rest of the time struggling to reach that initial height.
It’s weird that Cranston chose this TV vehicle after Breaking Bad ended its historic career seven years ago. They are very similar – not only thematically, but also stylistically. It gives the impression that Cranston is not returning so much to his roots, as the audience is settling for what he expects from him. Being a movie star earned him tremendous fame (and an Oscar nomination), but most of all, he had little success as a successful man.
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In your honor, he plays a favorite New Orleans judge named Michael Desiato, who is still recovering from his wife’s death and studying as the sole parent of his teenage son Adam. Michael is the drama queen in court – we saw in an early scene that he leaves a black woman accused of promoting drugs by first commenting on the impact his prison will have on his young children and then inserting holes in the detainee officer’s testimony. The point is: Michael Desiato is a good man, ready to do the right thing.
But his morale is cruelly damaged when Adam is driving in a state of anxiety when he runs in a coup. When it comes to his father clearly, Michael’s initial reaction is to take him to the police and tell him the truth. However, he leaves the plan at the last minute, knowing that the young man who died in the accident was only the son of a local crime lord.
Then the show starts to get off the rails a bit and gets closer to the likes of Drishyam’s Hollywood version or maybe Breathe: Into the Shadows abysmal. How far would you go to protect your baby? That’s the question these stories ask.
After the crash sequence – filmed patiently and with tremendous skill by director Edward Berger – the show gets mixed up in its own plot machinations and thus commits the serious crimes it can have: setting aside ethical dilemmas in favor of shock and horror.
Breaking Bad was the reason for its success – or at least one of the reasons it was successful – and unlike Your Honor and Drishyam and Breathe, Breaking Bad fell for Walter White’s madness. He had no doubt that he was probably a psychopath. But Your Honor – and Drishyam and Breath – emphasize that their protagonists are Good Men, ready to do the right thing.
Cranston’s performance is impeccable – Michael plays him as a man who goes through the situation, rather than the more clinical characters that Ajay Devgn, Mohanlal, and Abhish Bachchan played in those other stories. It is surrounded by a strong cast of actors, including Isiah Witlock Jr., who plays Michael’s childhood friend Charlie, who is running for the Senate; Amy Landecker as an excessive detective, whether she suspects something or not; and the excellent Michael Stuhlbarg, who plays the troubled gangster Jimmy Baxter with the right threat.
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These characters are just pawns, poorly defined and thinly written by creator Peter Moffat. Often, they make completely unbelievable decisions to get the plot going or to play it on time. Perhaps the show will find its basis as it progresses, and it will expand on the sociocultural commentary it is trying to incorporate into the story — only the first four episodes were given for that review — but the established basis is trembling. , at best.
The show will be screened at Voot Select in India and will also be screened at Zee Cafe. In the meantime, you might see Defending Jacob, an Apple TV + miniseries starring Chris Evans as unappreciated and underrated. ideas in a more compelling way.