This weekend saw the debut of Netflix’s first original series and they’ve stormed into the game with full force. Unveiling their hand, the political drama stars the Kevin Spacey and is directed by David Fincher so it’s clear from the start it’s going to one to watch. Netflix seem to be keen on showing the rest of the industry just how serious they are, their next original series coming to Netflix in April, Hemlock Grove, has been directed by none other than Eli Roth. In an age where producers are lamenting the internet and people’s preference for watching shows online, Netflix have embraced this and released the entire 13 episodes of House of Cards for free, without a membership throughout the month of February at netflix.com/houseofcards.
House of Cards is based on a British BBC mini series of the same name.
Instead of Parliament, the setting for the re-imagination is in Washington D.C. where politics is even more competitive and glamorised Francis Urqhart has been renamed to Francis Underwood. One thing they haven’t changed is the tendency of Francis to “break the fourth wall” to tell us what’s going on in his mind and occasionally tell us who people are and what’s going on. It’s probably a good job too, as his character is so unlikable that it would be difficult to connect to him otherwise. The opening scene sees him killing a dog, out of kindness to be fair, but still uncomfortable to watch.
The script packed full if imagery and metaphor for those who like that kind of thing. Francis describes his love for his wife as “more than sharks love blood” and there are seemingly unnecessary scenes of him playing first person shooter computer games but drowning out the sound with classical music. All of which begins to describe the type of person we’re about to be watching for the next 12 episodes.
From director David Fincher (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”), who directed the first two episodes; award-winning playwright and Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon (“Farragut North,” “The Ides of March”) and Academy Award® winner Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump,” “Munich”), “House of Cards” is based on the BBC miniseries of the same name. This wicked political drama starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara slithers beneath the curtain and through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington D.C.
An uncompromising exploration of power, ambition and the American way, the programme orbits Francis Underwood (Spacey), the House Majority Whip. Underwood is the politician’s politician – masterful, beguiling, charismatic and ruthless. He and his equally ambitious wife Claire (Wright) stop at nothing to ensure their ascendancy. In addition to Spacey, Wright and Mara, the series stars Corey Stoll (“Midnight in Paris”), Kristen Connolly (“The Cabin in the Woods”), Michael Kelly (“The Adjustment Bureau”) and Sakina Jaffrey (“Definitely Maybe”).
“House of Cards” is executive produced by Fincher, Willimon, Joshua Donen, Eric Roth, Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Andrew Davies, Michael Dobbs and John Melfi. The one-hour drama is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix.
A brilliantly executed, impeccably acted and addictive dramatisation of a world that the majority of us never get to see. House of Cards is now available to watch and the entire 13-episode first season of the drama programme, in territories where Netflix is available – U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics. Don’t forget that for the entire month of February, you can watch House of Cards without a subscription and for FREE.