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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever without being clever-clever.,
This review is from: The West Wing - Season 1 Part 2 [DVD] (DVD)How do you make people walking through corridors exciting?
What is emotive on the individual level about politics?
How the hell do you go about crafting an American drama about the White House without making it a non-stop, turgid, gloopy homage to Uncle Sam, or an revolutionary anti-capitalist rant?
Even after watching the West Wing I'm still not sure, but blimey does it manage. Laugh out loud dialogue less than a stone's throw away from sob out loud sincerely touching and unpatronising sentimentality. A joy.
Can't imagine a UK version being quite so watchable, mind.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars West Wing antics,
This review is from: The West Wing - Season 1 Part 2 [DVD] (DVD)I'm a fan of the TV show. With the DVD it's great not to have each episode carved up by TV adverts every 15 minutes.
The West Wing's Bartlett administration is great watching, the charachers are believable, the scripts are well written and cover drama and humour with equal measure. As the TV advert says... 'once you start, you just can't stop'
You will enjoy this series!
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bored with the real world of Politics?,
This review is from: The West Wing - Season 1 Part 2 [DVD] (DVD)Ever wondered what politics would be like when politicians behaved how you wished they would? Then enter the realm of "the West Wing". For reasons best known to themselves, Warner Brothers have decided to bring out the first series in two halves so here, for your viewing pleasure, is the second half. Fantastically written and produced by Aaron Sorkin this American TV series is bought to life on DVD thanks to the fact that the 'film stock' (rather than the usual 'TV stock') that was used on this series is perfectly reproduced on this format.
"The West Wing" has won numerous awards in the US and it's not difficult to see why when you compare this to the usual fair we have beamed across the waters to our shores. The first thing to strike you is the cast which, despite the occasional annoiance of Moira Kelly (who was far better cast as the outsider attacking the administartion in the pilot and has since been disappointing since she was allowed into the White House Staff), is outstanding. Each portrays a character that, despite not necessarily being squeaky-clean, continually strive to follow what they believe to be in the best interests of the country in the 'plea-barginning' world of american politics. The sparkling point of every show for me is watching the interaction of Josh with his secretary Donna which is so brilliant and well-performed that a lesser show would have just thrown them into bed together from the off and be done with it.
Every show is compelling, focusing not only on the development of the various characters and their interaction in this cut-throat world, but also on the various issues facing an administration. If, like me, you have no interest in politics whatsoever you'll end up shaking your head at the end of each episode wondering what screwed-up set of events led to a country being run in this way. Don't worry too much about the policies though, you'll usually fing something you agree with but that isn't the point, the point is to see how the interaction of the cast brings about (or occasionally doesn't) what they are aiming for and just to enjoy the ride.
You may gather from this review that I rather like this show, and you'd be right... let me give you a hint why. Imagine that you were writing a show based on american politics and you had to cast someone as the president and you wanted people to actually like him. Who would you pick? Martin Sheen has been so successful in the role that a recent pole had him a shoo-in as the next president if the americans could vote tomorrow. The reason, I believe, has been the fantastic writing and his position as someone who was almost forced into the presidency against his better judgement and now he's there wants nothing more than to do right by his country.
What a refreshing change, as voting apathy stretches across the UK we wonder what politics would be like if people really cared about the country and people they've been voted in to represent rather then just aiming for the lime-light and smearing everyone and everything in their way. This show gives us a glimpse at that world... and then you wonder that if a similar show based in Westminster came to our screens how long it would be before it was laughed off our airwaves.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pace gets hotter!,
5.0 out of 5 stars And onto Part Two we go,
This review is from: The West Wing - Season 1 Part 2 [DVD] (DVD)Well, with such a positive review for the first half of this season, it would be diffcult not to expect the same for the latter half. And i wasn't let down. In fact, if anything, it gets better. The arcs are now all in play, and the boring character introductions all over with. By now the various relationships and expected interplay and the roles of each character have become second nature, and all thats left is to power on through the growing (in intricacy) plot threads. We are introduced to the threat from White Supremacists, and i fully expected the nail-biting cliffhanger. Phenomenal. I can only assume that the entire series is like this; endlessly gripping, taking a subject i know nothing about and making it so wonderfully accessible, with acting quality that outdoes a lot of movie acting elsewhere. My hat goes off to the various players, but mostly to Aaron Sorkin. The man is a legend.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tv,
5.0 out of 5 stars The West Wing,
This review is from: The West Wing - Season 1 Part 2 [DVD] (DVD)This is the award winning drama about a fictional new president of USA - President Bartlett. The first series covers him from taking office and evolves the characters that as the series develops become irreplaceable. It is compelling viewing even if you are not interested in politics, everything about it is brilliant from the dialogue to the way it is filmed. If you watch this you will want to watch all seven series I thoroughly recommend it.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars West Wing Series One on DVD,
This review is from: The West Wing - Season 1 Part 2 [DVD] (DVD)If you're a West Wing fan you will adore this DVD. I have watched it time and time again and everytime I find new stuff. It's so quick in places that you need to watch it several times anyway. I can't wait for series two to be released on DVD.
15 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High places - and the glory it brings to be there,
By A Customer
This review is from: The West Wing - Season 1 Part 2 [DVD] (DVD)Power corrupts - or does it? What if that power is thrown upon you like a big heavy carpet and you have to struggle underneath just to get some air? Watch The West Wing and wonder. For that's basically that what it is about. A number of people who are in a difficult situation together and try to cope as well as they can.
Each of them has his own character and his own problems in the office. Furthermore, the characters are all three-dimensional. And that often is a rare quality in American productions. True, a lot of effort is spent on making each and everyone of the characters likeable, but in no way the bad streaks are absent. You have to have a liking for the setting of the White House. And you must be prepared to see the humour in the helplessness of the President and his staff sometimes. Without too much thinking: "My god, what if it's really like that!" at least.
The strenght of the series is not only in the characters, though. It's the issues as well. All of the tight spots a politician is in (in both domestic and foreign issues) are addressed. Notice the "liberal" view that is held in most of the issues.
The makers of the series all proclaim it's not the Clinton administration they portray. And it isn't. It bears too much resemblance to the Kennedy administration. Look at the famous picture of the president reading a paper in front of the window with his back to the camera in the opening titles - that's JFK. A president with trivia knowledge and a keen reader of about everything written - that's JFK. And Martin Sheen has been JFK before. But don't let it bother you. Don't let the president and his sometimes annoying behaviour get on your nerves. The focus is on the staff anyway.
Summing it up, The West Wing makes for excellent late night viewing. Watch it at the end of the day with a cup of coffee or a whisky and get involved.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Simply the Best",
The caracters are so real and loveable you feel like you've known them for ever, they all have their own sense of humours and Martin Sheen as the President is the best thing since sliced bread!
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