“Penny Dreadful” Season 1 Review

Thanks to Paramount Home Entertainment, we had the chance to see the first season of John Logan’s tv hit Penny Dreadful on DVD.

penny-dreadful-image-1Penny Dreadful is a dark and twisted psychosexual drama that reinvents and links the original stories of some of the most iconic monsters in history, including Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dorian Gray, who somehow are linked to Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), a wealthy man  who is desperately searching for his missing daughter, with the aid of gun expert Ethan (Josh Hartnett) and the mysterious Vanessa Ives (Eva Green).

Award-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) teams up once again with writer John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo) to produce a very peculiar take on some horror icons, mixing them with original characters and creating a tense and dark TV series, which is reminiscent of films such as Van Helsing (2004) and From Hell (2001).

penny-dreadful-image-2The art direction, costume design, and locations are simply stunning. Moreover, Eva Green once again shines as the mysterious Vanessa Ives. In addition it’s great to see former James Bond star, Timothy Dalton, and Josh Hartnett back in leading roles.

Although Penny Dreadful seems destined to become a new TV classic, the series lacks the spark that tends to draw viewers in right away; the narrative unfolds quite slowly, and the plot twists seem to be on hold for way too many episodes.

Overall, this is an interesting TV series, with an excellent cast and creative team. It may not be for everyone’s tastes, especially those impatient viewers who might abandon the series halfway through.

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Penny Dreadful Season 1 is now available on DVD and Blu-ray