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I really don't have time to be hooked on another TV show, but I'm sucked in. This is very suspenseful - I have not been bored for a moment. I really like the addition of Dylan. He adds some edge to the show, although it's already pretty gripping. I really thought this would just be some gore-fest - it's not (although there are some grisly scenes). It really is intriguing - the family dynamics and characters. I look forward to more. I loved Vera Farmiga in Higher Ground and Orphan - I will check out more of her work. She is very versatile - a fine actress. I am not familiar with the others, but they are pretty awesome, too.
The pilot was quite riveting. The lovely and talented Vera Farmiga is
excellent as the complicated possessive Norma Bates. Freddie Highmore
doesn't yet have the creepiness of Anthony Perkins but it's early days
lets see how things develop and he transforms. The supporting cast
looks promising too.
Some unexpected things - it is set in the present day. A bit puzzling why all the pretty girls are so into the geeky Norman.
It is much better a prequel than Carrie Diaries which has too many inconsistencies. Norman Bates story is quite an open book and the coming story holds lots of possibilities. This is one to watch.
I know this show is clicking because my 21 year old son squirms through out the show in total discomfort over the Norma and Norman relationship. He wanted to dump the show after the first episode but came back for the second. I'm sure he'll be back, almost against his will, for the rest. The main actors, Vera Farmiga as Norma and Freddie Highmore as Norman are spot on perfect. They have the look for sure, but more importantly, they have the psychology down perfect. Things are played in such a way that that mother/son kiss could be construed as normal, innocent affection, but you know damn well that something is wrong and getting wronger. There's a lot of story going on in this show -- a lot of mysteries to keep you hooked. Highly recommended.
Now, I had my doubts, for Psycho was one of the best horror movies ever to be made, and making a prequel show could ruin it all. But, my doubts proved to be fortunately wrong. The story centers around young Norman Bates, who's just moved to a small Bay Area town with his mother Norma Bates. It is set in the modern world, so that's why I had to rack a point off, but who cares. It is absolutely amazing. Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore lead an all stellar cast into the world of serial murder, cover ups, and horrific betrayal that can only go so unimaginably high. With shocks and gasps, and the kind of suspense that makes you clench your teeth, Bates Motel is definitely a must watch. If you haven't see this show yet, go on to channel 46 and start watching because it will grip you, and it won't let go.
Watch it,that is all that needs to said about this series.It has got decent actors,great pacing it has the makings to become one of my favourite shows.I can not wait for the next episode,i have watched three and they have all been very good i would rate this as a nine out of ten.I was not expecting it to be this good.I am not going to say to much as i don't want to spoil it.There are some shocking moments so remember that it has a horror theme and is very violent in places.They have gone all out with good actors i knew all of them from good films and series.The guy who plays the legendary Norman Bates does it perfectly,he even looks like him from certain angles,the mother plays the part very well i cant pick a bad fault about any of the actors.The story has me hooked,i know this is going to be good all the way to the end.
I wasn't expecting much from this series but a combination of good cast
and fun episodes makes me look forward to this series on Mondays, right
after The Following :D. The two main characters also are fantastic in
the show. Freddie Highmore is always great in his roles and he even
looks like a younger Norman. He puts on a very believable, soon to be
psycho, Norman bates. And of course Verga Farmiga is also great as the
Only thing I don't like so far is how "close" the mother/son are. Hopefully it doesn't turn into something like incest which would be a big turn off to the show.
I am pretty picky when it comes to television shows... and I actually
really enjoy this one. It isn't my favorite, but it's definitely a lot
better than expected! It's certainly on the DVR list.
I think that the actors are actually quite good (so many bad shows with terrible actors/actresses). The cast seems to have been carefully chosen, as the mother suits the role very well and the actor who plays Norman is absolutely perfect for the role. He is endearingly awkward.
I was worried it would be too "teenage" but it is not. It's actually not quite as dark as I had thought, but it is working it's way in that direction... which is good. I like a slow build. We learn more and more about Norman and his "issues" slowly through each episode instead of having it all thrown right in our faces in the first episode.
I suggest giving it a try!!
(sorry if this sucked... it's my first review!!)
The last thing I like to do is watching a series. I prefer films. Ended
stories. However I could not resist watching the first episode of this
idea of a nowadays prequel which is to explain how Norman Bates could
become like he did in the classic Hitchcock movie Psycho. A strange,
but still kind of compelling idea.
And from the start I was really drawn into the story, due to Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore. They play so well, that is starts twisting your mind. Freddie Highmore is such a perfect cast. Or rather, he's such a talented young actor. He's been studying th body language of Anthony Perkins character in the classic film. It's literally like seeing the young Norman. And in a strange way, Vera Farmiga is just like how we would see tough mother afraid of losing grip of her last piece of family, her beloved son.
It's also great to see the house on the hill and the Bates Motel to good usage again, as it still is standing like it was back in 1960. Maybe the most iconic film featured house in the history of film. I started enjoying it because of the acting, and will have to see more of this, building up the interest of seeing Psycho amongst the younger generation, and getting to lean about the grand master of suspense, Sir Alfred Hitchcock.
An avid fan of Hitchcock, I thought this pilot was well done. Though,
it was interesting to see an iPhone ring in Mother's house, being this
is set in the modern day. Olivia Hussey left some big shoes to fill
after her portrayal of Norma Bates, but I think (given this pilot) Vera
Farmiga was well cast by the producers.
"Bates Motel" was well shot, written, acted and executed... all while being appropriately disturbing already. In order to fully appreciate it, you should watch the 1960 original, and the made-for-TV prequel. That's where "Motel" will take the torch and continue the pre-story of how Norma basically created who AFI lists as their #2 Top Villain of all Time.
I also enjoyed watching Freddie Highmore continue where Henry Thomas left off. I believed Thomas as a younger Perkins, and I believe Highmore as a younger Thomas. I appreciated the opening scene too, as it touched on an area where previous Psycho-related movies skipped.
I have high hopes for "Bates Motel" and will continue watching it. But, I must admit my bias, as "Psycho" is in my Top 5 favorite movies of all time list.
"Well, a boy's best friend is his mother."
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
So how do you improve on perfection? Answer: You don't! You just do
something DIFFERENT while still remaining faithful to the core facets
of the perfect entity. THAT is what this amazing new TV series Bates
Motel (2013) does in "re-imagining" the classic 1960 Alfred Hitchcock
film "Psycho". I regard "Psycho" as not only the GREATEST horror film
of all time, but also as one of the BEST films of all time. It's in my
personal top 5 all-time movies based on direction, writing, acting,
influence, and staying power. It still to this day holds up immensely
well to repeat viewing. I'm utterly fascinated by that genius film. So
who would have ever thought that ANY potential remake/reboot/prequel,
whatever you want to call it, could possibly live up to such an
all-time, highly touted classic? Not me!
But this series delivers the goods in every way with great writing, acting, cinematography, set design, music, and atmosphere. The key to this series is the "special" relationship between the infamous Norman Bates (superbly essayed by the young Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (brilliantly brought to life by Vera Farmiga, who absolutely SHOULD win the Best Actress Drama Emmy!). Farmiga and Highmore have great mother-son chemistry and are entirely convincing in their respective roles. Highmore perfectly captures the elements of Norman Bates that Anthony Perkins brought to life on screen in 1960: awkward, charming, slightly goofy, and "innocent". Farmiga is wondrous to behold as Norma, an obsessive-compulsive woman with wild mood swings. One minute, she's nurturing towards Norman...the next, she's nagging him about something! One minute, she's on Cloud 9...the next, the doldrums! Farmiga creates a fascinating character that the world really never got to actually see or know from all prior incarnations of Psycho. THIS is how I imagine Mother would be!
Set in the present, the story of Bates Motel is that Norma, who has had a hard life, recently lost her 2nd husband (Norman's father) in an "accidental" death in the Pilot episode. With the life insurance money left to her by her deceased spouse, Norma uproots Norman from their home and move to a seaside small-town community in the Pacific Northwest where she has bought the land that includes the infamous Bates house and motel. But things don't go as planned by Norma as she slowly finds out that the town is more than it seems, a hotbed of illegal activity and strange happenings and characters. All the while Norma is trying to make a success of her new motel, while keeping Norman close to the vest.
In addition to Farmiga and Highmore, the show boasts an impressive supporting cast: -Max Thierot as Norma's other son Dylan (who shows up in Episode 2) from a previous marriage -Olivia Cooke as Emma, a local girl with cystic fibrosis who quickly befriends Norman -Nicola Peltz as Bradley, a popular girl that Norman takes a liking to -Mike Vogel as Zach Shelby, a town deputy that is immediately attracted to Norma -Keegan Connor Tracy, a high-school teacher that takes a special interest in Norman -Nestor Carbonell, as Sheriff Alex Romero, who has his own way of dealing with town criminals and town business
In particular, Thierot, Cooke, and Carbonell are standouts and great casting choices who interact extremely well with Highmore and Farmiga. Thierot essays the early-twentysomething Dylan as a tough, guarded, rebellious youth who deep down has a heart of gold. Cooke plays Emma as a lonely, inquisitive, sarcastic girl who downplays her illness and lives by the "seize the day" rule of life. Carbonell plays Romero as steely-faced mystery man who never lets his guard down. But in Season 1, I can honestly say that I liked EVERY character on the show, from the stars down to the one-sceners!
While being deadly serious in it's vibe, the writers imbibe many scenes with neat, humorous and clever dialog, some of it modern, some of it as eye-winks to the original Psycho film. Also, the set design of the show is amazing, sporting a neo-classic look with characters at times dressing in an old-fashioned way, driving classic cars, living in old homes, Norman watching old movies, but with cell phones, laptops thrown in since it's set in the present.
I also love the mood of this show. It has a very spooky atmosphere with ominous music underscoring many scenes. Even the daytime scenes are creepy as the sun never comes out in this town. But nothing feels "cheap" on this show or just done for shock and awe. Everything feels palpable and real, as if this world actually could and does exist. The dialog is priceless with many memorable lines and scenes. This is a show that one can watch on repeat REPEATEDLY and never get bored!
But the key to the show is the central Norma-Norman relationship. Without it, this would just be a nice, quirky drama with some interesting subplots, but no center. Thankfully, this show has a center that puts it a cut above most TV shows. Every episode has a key scene between Norma and Norman that lends further insight into their symbiotic, creepy relationship. But it doesn't beat the viewer over the head with it, but subtly and deftly incorporates it as part of the episode plot. A brilliant re-imagining that I think will have staying power, just like the original film!
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