25 February 2014

Masters of Sex

"The problem with the world is that they don't know enough about sex." - William Masters

Based on the biographical novel about the pioneers Masters and Johnson, comes a tv show like none before, on the cusp of it's second series.
William Masters portrayed by Michael Sheen, was the man who was curious. Curious about sex and the many wonders surrounding it. We join him on his quest as he employs Ginny Johnson, Lizzy Caplan as his secretary who eventually becomes his research assistant and then research partner and then wife.
The mini-series follows the life of the two of them trying to educate the 1950's world about the physiological effects and causes of sex on humans. We see them in viewing their case studies, working together and coming together to eventually break the glass ceiling the world existed in mid 20th century.
The show is cleverly made, to say the least. Being an HBO Showtime series there has to be tons of nudity and explicit content present in the show, but it is done in a classy way.
The direction of the show is brilliantly done, and coupled with an excellent array of shots that tell the story in an art-sy way, make the show much more interesting. Not that it needs to be more interesting.
I had lost a lot of my faith in Michael Sheen post-Twilight, and no amount of re-watching Underworld could make me bring it back. And then Michael came swinging back with Masters of Sex. He does a brilliant portrayal of a man unbridled with a passion for curiosity of sex. Michael Sheen oozes a sense of regality that works excellently with the role he has chosen to play. He is also a producer of the show which makes me further appreciate his talent.
Lizzy Caplan has definitely come a long way from Mean Girls, and I do believe that she is playing herself in the show. With an air of elegance though.
The show captures your attention and keeps you trapped there for a good long while. There is a good host of supporting actors who supply quality acting.
The episodes run for an hour so there are moments that your mind will wander, just because it runs a bit dry every now and then, but it still enrapturing.

The Good: Interesting dialogue that you need to keep up with.
The Bad: It makes you feel bad for the women during the 50's

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