GRIFF’S “GOTHAM” REVIEW: B

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I’m hooked enough to keep watching for the duration. I’m a sucker for comic adaptations of anything. I liked the mood, feel and drizzly, dirty atmospherics of the show. As one critic astutely pointed out, the pilot owes a lot to the movie, “7”, and they are right. Seeing Ben Mackenzie’s Jim Gordon running like a whirling dervish reminded me of Brad Pitt’s David Mills down to the leather jacket and bandaged hand.

Mackenzie as Gordon is gonna have to find a balance between tightly coiled menace and some semblance of controlled and measure calm cuz as of now, he just looks like his character on “Southland” got promoted and moved to a crappier place. He’s still pretty badass though.

That title card and theme music have got to change. Floaty words with police light red and blue. LAMESAUCE.

Donal Logue as Bullock has the build and look, but his voice doesnt sound right as the character. I’m sure it will grow on me as Donal Logue is a good character actor for the most part.

I thought Alfred was a high class Brit. Coulda sworn i heard some cockney or guttural Scottish accent mixed in. Oh well.

The guy playing Cobblepott acquitted himself nicely enough, but the little girl playing young Catwoman is already getting on my nerves without saying a word. Its all her feline-esque posing and posturing. We get it girl. You’re one lithe little minx. Check. But she’s overdoing it.

The surprise for me was of course, Jada Pinkett, as Fish Mooney. Either she was a character that was originally male or they wrote her just for the show. Either way she owns it. I was hesitant after her last show of self righteous smarminess, hospital show, “Hawthorne” but she’s really chewing that scenery and having fun. Good for her. Cuz usually when she acts, she never seems to have any fun.

A great start to the FALL 2014 TV season!

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