Seit gestern erscheinen die ersten Reviews zu HBOs Serien-Remake von Westworld, die am Sonntag, 2. Oktober auf HBO startet (bei uns auf Sky Go und Sky on Demand). Tenor so ungefähr: Gut bis sehr gut mit ein paar Macken.
Hier erstmal die kritischsten Reviews von Variety und AV Club:
Variety: „Part of the problem with 'Westworld', oddly enough, is that the actors playing the hosts are often quite magnetic. […] the discussion about whether the hosts have attained consciousness seem somewhat pointless: To the audience, they obviously have. […] 'Westworld' doesn’t want to alienate any potential customers, so it draws on a grab bag of ideas and clashing tones without making its point of view clear. The more indistinct a concept, the fewer people can take issue with it, which is an approach that might work well for a vacation spot, but poses a serious problem for an ambitious television drama.“
AV Club: „To endure as a TV series, Westworld will need to bridge the gap between its fascinating ideas and the blank canvases they’re projected upon. Fortunately, it’s not so lost in its thoughts to forget that a robot-cowboy show ought to have the occasional shootout, heist, or daring escape. And while it’s never as plainly satirical as the original film, it still exhibits a sense of humor. Now it just needs to provide compelling reasons to care whether these characters live, die, or wake up to the truth of their reality.“
Die restlichen Reviews sind beinahe schon euphorisch, ich denke, wir haben ’nen Gewinner (und ja, Wowcast ist fest geplant).
Hollywood Reporter: „Westworld as a series is a big idea with more mythology than a handful of episodes truly uncover — which is a positive sign. It's better to be difficult than to be flimsy and disappointingly easy to figure out. The challenges in Westworld make it worth the investment.“
Telegraph: „we’re thrust into a complex, visionary world that is pleasingly in no rush to rapidly churn out its storyline. Like the on-screen robots, its pieces are meticulously put together, its capacity to unleash hell brimming beneath the surface. And it’s beautiful to watch.“
Guardian: „Westworld will hit the spot as hard as GoT ever did. Gosh, there’s a lot going on. There’s the real world full of robot-wranglers, some of whom are jostling for position inside whatever just-possibly-malevolent company owns the park, others of whom are busy tinkering with their charges’ software and trying to decide whether to make the skinjobs more realistic or quit while they’re ahead.“
spOnline: „Die Vielschichtigkeit des sich romanhaft entblätternden Plots und die Intellektualität der verhandelten Fragen hebt 'Westworld' über vergleichbare aktuelle Serien hinaus: - Es geht um Bewusstsein und Identität, um menschliche Profitgier und Hybris sowie um die moralischen Fallstricke technischer Machbarkeit. "High Noon" für die conditio humana.“
Screen Crush: „'The Original' intriguingly sets the stage for what is, I presume, a season-long arc involving Ed Harris’ mysterious Gunslinger. Unlike Yul Brenner’s sinister A.I. in Crichton’s film, Harris’ version is far more enigmatic. Though what he is exactly is never made explicit, he does have a sense of self-awareness, and Harris’ Gunslinger mostly serves as an agent of chaos — a devious pot-stirrer who knows how to avoid detection, lest he be taken out of commission by the powers-that-be.“