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89 out of 132 people found the following review useful:
Do not listen to the negative banter, 19 April 2013
Author: VesicaP from United States
You will hear all sorts of things: historically inaccurate, amateurish
acting, disgraceful to da Vinci, bitch-and-moan etc.
Do not listen to these people. This new series has many things working for it. Yes, the haircuts are always perfect, and their teeth are nice and white...if you can get over this common theatricality then you are in for an exciting new show. It is well written with promises of refreshing adventure to come.
IMDb has become a battleground for swaying mass opinion away from controversial truths. Do not let the negative reviews sway you from what will be a fun, intelligent series.
After watching the second episode, I am VERY excited for the next episode. This is the best Adventure series on TV.
61 out of 85 people found the following review useful:
Great start to a series, 20 April 2013
Author: fbi_max from United Kingdom
I thought the show was great and fun to watch. Those people that try to compare this to actual factual events in Da Vinci's life should maybe stop for a moment and realise this is not a DOCUMENTARY and does not pretend to be either, therefore it is not required to follow his every day life chores of the man. I mean how BORING would the series be then, hence why documentaries are produced. Don't like it? go read a book, personally I look forward to. I wouldn't say it is a 10, but i'm going to give it a 10 because of the pathetic scores some unimaginative people have scored it, as it does not deserve such arrogant scores of 1 or 2.
108 out of 182 people found the following review useful:
Do writers really think we are this stupid?, 13 April 2013
Author: Isobelk from United States
This show is ridiculous. I just can't get beyond the anachronisms which
start in the first scene when I'm supposed to think that da Vinci took
drugs. And that they were mixed with tobacco which didn't event get to
Europe until da Vinci well into the 1500s.
Has no one else in America ever learned anything about da Vinci besides me? This show leads me to believe that my fellow Americans must be philistines if they can find anything redeeming about this show. And all the crap about secret societies is just superfluous. The real story is much more interesting than this crap.
Furthermore, the drawings glimpsed are poor. Why not just use copies of da Vinci's drawings?
I was hoping for something more like the Borgias. This subject matter has potential. But using da Vinci's name for this series is misleading and disappointing.
The cartoons and illustrations are poor. The hairstyles are anachronistic. The clothes show lack of research. The soldiers' hats are more Napoleonic than renaissance. Da Vinci's show of his chest (and other cast members) is too unrealistic.
53 out of 82 people found the following review useful:
Fantastic Film Flam, 13 April 2013
Author: moviemaster from sanfrancisco
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The sets are good. The acting pretty good although the lead is pretty amateurish. The drama is good. The facts are fallacious. There is virtually nothing factual about it at all. So it's listing as "fantasy" is quite accurate. Leonardo was primarily known as a great painter, in his time. And although he did imagine many ingenious constructions for war (where this series is headed) very few were actually made and not in the way it's presented. The lineage is correct. The fact that he was a vegetarian is correct. But his infatuation with women is probably incorrect, certainly the way it's presented. He was after all charged with sodomy about the time of this production and was only acquitted because one of the others was a Medici. Really, if Mr Goyer want to write something called Domenici's Demons about a fictional character who lived in the 15th century as a total fantasy, fine. If it could stand on that basis, great. But to steal the name of one of the most gifted men who ever lived and create a fantasy about his life to make a few bucks is too manipulative for me. I shall watch no more. It's one thing to enhance. It's another to prevaricate. The Da Vinci code was enough of that nonsense.
33 out of 45 people found the following review useful:
Enjoyable pilot of a very promising and fun show., 17 April 2013
Author: shashankgarg245 from India
I read some of the reviews of this show on IMDb and i have to say i wasn't pleased. I don't get why people didn't like the pilot episode. I mean shows like arrow and spartacus have a rating of 8.7 whereas this show only got a mere 8. To me the pilot seemed pretty good. The lead character had enough depth in him to make him likable. His mysterious past, quick witty answers and knack for getting into troubles will make the show even more enjoyable as it progresses. What I loved about the show was the background music which is one of the best I've heard on TV. I also liked how they created florence considering its budget it seemed a decent job. For those who are complaining about historical inaccuracies then let me tell you most of the shows on TV are historically inaccurate eg. spartacus. If you want historical accuracy you can turn to documentaries, there are dozen available on da vinci.and for those of you who can't see him in a sword fight why can't a genius, who can work with both of his hands can't be a swordsman. i mean if sherlock can beat the hell out of everyone in a fist fight(in the movie) why can't da vinci fight. In short it seems like a promising show with secret socities, conspiracies and many twists to come and i'm looking forward to the next episode
23 out of 31 people found the following review useful:
Excellent Show for strictly entertainment, 27 April 2013
Author: Joe Adems
I think this show was done very well, and I normally don't leave reviews on shows. BUT seeing how many negative comments it got kinda annoyed me. Reason being is this show is not a discovery channel special on De Vinci's life. It's clearly a fantasized presentation of his life. I think it's unfair to the writers, producers, actors and everyone else who partook in creating this show to be brought down like this because it wasn't historically accurate. It never claimed to be, and if that's what people think they're getting when starting this series, they should think again and maybe picking up a book instead. For all those who are looking for an interesting, and fresh show to get into I'd definitely recommend it. Though if you're gonna get into this show with a mindset of being a hardcore critique then you should just move on to something else.
39 out of 65 people found the following review useful:
Outlandish and Spineless, 16 April 2013
Author: borderlinefilms from Canada
This is frustrating to watch. It's a bit of a scam. If It didn't flaunt the conceit that it will provide us with a revealing glimpse into one of this earth's greatest creative minds (some would argue, THE greatest), that is, if it wasn't pretending to be about da Vinci at all, just a fantastic folktale about a radically clever opportunistic rogue living in Florence during the Renaissance, it would have been much easier to digest, although I probably wouldn't have tuned in. While the art direction is quite spectacular, with glorious wide shots of the period, and much of the cinematography is splendid, the interpretation of da Vinci is foolish, arrogantly absurd and bogus. Perhaps Goyer thinks he's been chosen to present us with his cocksure, skirt-chasing, swashbuckling version of da Vinci as a career follow up to the Dark Knight. But this is pure sensationalist fantasy. It looks pretty and feels intimate, but stinks of utter garbage. It doesn't even have the balls to own up to da Vinci's uncompromising homosexuality and his life-long love for another man, which may have been the impetus to the kind of genius we may never see again. The force behind the Renaissance itself, since it wouldn't have been quite as historic without da Vinci's contribution. I don't mind a dash of the fantastic, but this is wildly off the mark. Stick to comic books.
46 out of 82 people found the following review useful:
Fantastic, 12 April 2013
Author: pinpo12 from United States
I must say I have been looking forward to this show since I first laid eyes on the trailer. The acting is superb, the dialog is very well written, the setting is both beautiful yet can seem to have a darkness about it. I enjoyed every minute of it with Da Vinci's quick wit to the manipulation between characters. Though some parts did seem to move quite fast giving the thought "Where the hell did that come from and why so soon?" The only thing I can say could be better is the graphics, I know it's a television show and recreating an entire historic city would prove costly however a bit of love put into it could have make it seem less...cartoon perhaps. None the less it is a small detail in the grand scheme of things. I highly recommend watching this show there will be more greatness to come I am sure.
12 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
Set your brains to zero, 29 April 2013
Author: ripe_51 from Finland
Da Vinci's demons isn't too bad, as long as you're willing to accept
that it's in the fantasy genre.
The series is about a historical figure made by people who never opened a history book, if you can deal with that then you probably will enjoy it to an extent. When I say to an extent, I mean it's not a brilliant show (the acting, the plot.. and what especially disturbs me is the supernatural aspect of it which is just not suitable for a series like this), it tries to convince you that it is intelligent but in fact is far from it.
But as I said before, as long as you're willing to ignore any links to reality and history, it is watchable.
22 out of 36 people found the following review useful:
Another interesting TV series!, 20 April 2013
Author: adambbq from Poland
When I watched the trailer of "Da Vinci's Demons" I knew that this title will provide us with a lot of entertainment and action, but only a few historical facts. After watching the first episodes I can confirm this opinion. People searching for the real historical events from the biography of Leonardo certainly will be disappointed. However, those who like me are looking for a breath of freshness and ingenuity consider this TV series to be very successful. First of all, we have the opportunity to see the extraordinary genius inventions come to life and I have to admit that they do so in spectacular way. The story has been enriched by the threads of intrigue and romance that give the history extra flavor. Those critical of this form I refer to historical films, but fans of entertainment at a good level, I encourage to familiarize yourself with this title. Acting is on a really decent level, sound and video as well. Therefore, if anyone is interested in alternative history of Leonardo da Vinci, which is very colorful and creative, or just looking for good entertainment will find this series to be extremely successful.
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