Wednesday, June 27, 2012

FFA: Mad Men

I am very late on this bandwagon but if you are not watching Mad Men on AMC, you should.

One reason is the setting which is NYC's Madison Avenue in the 60's. The show's setting also gives you the opportunity to see the fashions and customs of the era.  It really is a stylish show.  One of my co-workers said that they even film it using techniques from that era to give it a more authentic 60's television era look. 

The main thing about Mad Men is that it is thoroughly engrossing.  It never feels like it's about the big moments (although there are some), but you still just want to look in on the lives of the characters.  Don Draper is a fascinating lead and John Hamm plays the character perfectly.  I told my wife that it always fascinates me when Don does certain things because you never really grasp what his motivation is.  He's a complicated character and I think John Hamm pulls it off perfectly. 

The rest of the cast is excellent as well.  John Slattery, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks and Vincent Kartheiser are especially strong in their roles.  Honestly, there is no one on that show that feels out of place to me.  They all bring quality work to their characters and that helps to draw you into their world.

If you are like me and afraid the show won't live up to the hype, I can just about promise you it will.