Medici: Masters of Florence (Netflix)
I can't wait for season two! Love it.
As others have mentioned, this series is the antithesis of a perfectly crafted production like The Crown. And, yes, while the writing is bad, Hoffman is miscast, and it's way too soap opera-y, my primary criticism of the show is the MUSIC!! Oh, my god, it never stops, and worse--it completely overpowers the show itself. Music accompanying movies, etc., must be interlaced with the production in such a fashion that it is almost not noticed, but here it's them main character. It's SO very heavy and constant that I can't even continue to watch the show. I cannot recall a movie or show I've watched where the music was this ridiculously overused.
Take one part Godfather, one part Thrones, and throw a whole pile of Netflix money at a project and it can't miss, right? Nope, sorry. No story can long survive if you don't care about any of the characters. I wouldn't care if the whole Medici family got wiped out and they started over with a new cast. Dustin Hoffman is so miscast that it is embarrassing when he comes on the screen. He is wooden, charmless, and utterly without charisma and that's his good points. The remainder of the cast is largely newcomers that try valiantly to put some life in the dull scripts and stilted dialogue. But when you could cut 15 minutes of air-time out of each episode by simply removing shocked glances at one another, you know you need to fire all the writers. I don't say this with glee. I really wanted to like this as the next big thing at Netflix, but it just doesn't deliver on any level. The action is weak, the scenery is claustrophobic (I could not get blander), and most of the time you spend your night asking the person watching with you, "What 's happening ?, I missed why that guy hates that other guy". My advise, skip the whole mess and just binge watch The Godfather and Thrones.
More like a Renaissance soap opera. If you want the true story and see the real masterpieces, get PBS documentary "The Medici."
Bad sound mix, turgid script. A shame because there's a great story to tell.
Totally boring. Dustin Hoffman is a great actor but in this show he acts like he has sleep apnea.
I would try to write a balanced review on, "The Medici", if I could, but in order to have balance one must have something on the other side of the scales. Therefore, I will accept that this can be little more than a warning. If you know anything about history avoid this trash. If you have half a brain refuse to let the part that still works be exposed to this caustic substance. If you value your teeth keep them away from the cavities that will result from exposure to this syrupy re-digested pablum.
The Medici rose from the bottom levels of society and remained on the top because they produced generations of very capable, very smart, very 'Machiavellian' leaders that were people of their time. They 'made' popes and kings, and became nobles and popes themselves because they consistently outmaneuvered their opposition. Like them, or hate them, they were a family to be reckoned with.
This work of fiction, written with idiocy as its engine, is a farce. Beware!
Interesting but find the dialogue very muffled and music very loud.
Started a little slow until you watch episode 3 and saw plotting by their parents really pick up then
I love Richard Madden playing Cosimo slightly moody character but intense with a sexy twist.
Good political intrigue, great scenery, and story telling.
Medici: Masters of Florence (Netflix)
Running Time: 60 min.
December 9, 2016
based on 80 votes and 23 reviews
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Richard Madden, Dustin Hoffman, Stuart Martin, Annabel Scholey, Guido Caprino, Brian Cox