David Fincher is one of the more skilled and technically competent filmmakers working today. Zodiac, The Social Network, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are some of my favorite films to come out in the last ten years.

When I heard that Fincher was working on a series for Netflix, I knew we were in for something special. He wouldn’t just put his name on a TV show after many years in the film industry unless it was an especially exciting project. That project turned out to be House of Cards, and it is especially exciting indeed.

The show follows congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a political ladder climber who will stop at nothing to achieve success. With his wife, Claire (Robin Wright), and a fierce young journalist (Kate Mara) he attempts to consolidate power and take over Washington.

From watching even just one shot of House of Cards, it is apparent that David Fincher had a big hand in developing the visual aesthetic of the show. The same moody, dark color palette is at work here and his directorial sensibilities extend through the entirety of the series, long after he is no longer behind the camera.

The plot also resembles what we’ve come to expect out of Fincher. It primarily works as a thriller, with the menacing Underwood acting as both hero and villain, not unlike Walter White in the masterpiece Breaking Bad. You never know who to trust and the show is guaranteed to keep you constantly on edge. It’s paced well, and hits major story beats at just the right moment. I can promise that you will never be bored while watching House of Cards.

Going into the TV awards season, the big question was how a Netflix series would fare against the big studio products. The answer? Quite well. House of Cards managed to bring in three Emmy’s, a Golden Globe, and a Writer’s Guild Award.

Give House of Cards a try, it’s definitely worth your time.

 

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