Young Anthony Soprano is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark's history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family's hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we'll later come to know: Tony Soprano.
So-so Sopranos "prequel"
Watchable but underwhelming drama which reminded me more of Goodfellas than The Sopranos. Several younger versions of characters well remembered from the celebrated tv series get screen time but the mood and tone is markedly different. The story focuses on Tony's uncle, a character too bland to hold our attention, particularly when sharing the scene with the powerful Bernthal or charismatic Liotta. There's some half formed rivalry with an emerging African American criminal group, an extremely poorly judged scene at the seaside and several mob movie cliches but little of the distinctive feel of The Sopranos.
- Sep 22, 2021
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