Movie Rated: 13+ (PG)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
What is the story about?
Season one of the famed Medici series launched on the celebrated OTT platform Netflix, in the year 2016. The captivating theatrics of European history are vividly captured in the three past dynastical tale of the Medici family that owned one of the most prominent and respectable banks in Europe. The true-life instances also involve essential historical bytes on how the family had its stronghold on art and architecture and were responsible for devising some of the most prominent building in the city of Florence. With a stronghold in finance, the family started to veil its powers on the political front as well. Season 3, which is also the final season, speaks essentially of the rise of Lorenzo (Daniel Sharman), the great-grandson of Giovanni De Medici (Dustin Hoffman), who was imprisoned on the pretext of a fake murder accusation. The season speaks of how Lorenzo’s brother Casimo (Richard Madden) takes over and fights at maintaining the status of the bank. Lorenzo seeks reprisal after learning about his brother’s righteous ways. This season we are also introduced to Giovanni’s illegitimate son Giulio, who is raised by Lorenzo.
The cast has been prolific as ever. With the appropriation of costumes and overall production, the cast seems to have thrown themselves back in time bringing out the best of that era. Daniel Sharman delivers at his prolific best, but there are times, where is caught getting into a split second daze. Richard Madden’s nuanced part is going to give his career an absolute facelift. There is so much variety to his character that is well developed to steer the plot. Aurora Ruffino (who essays the role of Bianca) is powerful. She has come out of her shell in spite of playing the part of a widow. She veils her power with poise. The other characters are just as charismatic. I’d attribute the credit to Dustin Hoffman who raised standards for the entire ensemble.
It is interesting how women in the 15th century European times carried themselves. While most of them lived in boundaries, they knew perfectly well of what happening outside the box that was devised for them by the patriarch of the family. They served as perfect pivots to the head of the family. There is passion invested in each aspect of the show. The language incorporated in fairly simple and keeps ambiguity at bay.
Music and other departments
The production seems to have done their research to the T. The able-bodied team has replicated every aspect of the era with absolute accuracy. The music is original, and catchy. The beats of the revolution resonate, keeping you going onwards and forward with your day.
The direction and the production are key highlights. The plot is steered well, giving us a detailed insight of the nuances of the Medici family that prominently reigned over Italy, and gave Florence some of its most iconic landmarks. Even though the Medici is only 3 seasons young, it has the potential to match up to the ranks of ‘The Game of Thrones’.
Does it only have 3 seasons? Asking because you one could create the fourth and many onwards.
Did I enjoy it?
Do I recommend it?
Yes I do, especially to every history junkie!