Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Tudors Is Back, Better Than Ever

I am a big fan of Showtime's The Tudors. The series stars Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as King Henry VIII of England. It is an amazingly tumultuous period of history, one that reverberates through today. Henry VIII's life ripples through the English/Irish Troubles that continue to the present day.

Anyway, the show is fascinating. Rhys-Meyers gives a tour-de-force performance in the series. While he was previously spectacular in Todd Hayne's absurdly underrated Velvet Goldmine (where he brilliantly portrayed David Bowie), it seems that this is the part he was born to play. Rhys-Meyers embodies Henry VIII's royal charisma and brutal ferocity effortlessly.

The new season just began, and it has been riveting. It's so good, that even though I know what is going to happen, I find myself on the edge of my seat every episode. Do yourself a favor and watch them from the beginning. Not only will you be fully entertained, but you can pick up some history while you are at it.