If superheroes were real, The Boys shows what would happen.
The Boys was a fun eight-episode binge that left me wanting more immediately. I had no prior knowledge to the source material for which it is based. A few podcasts recommended the show and basically sold it as “what happens if superheroes were bad”. With that sentence, I was sold. Earlier this year, Brightburn was released with that same premise and I loved that movie. I also had the movie Chronicle from a few years ago in my head too.
The Boys premise from Wiki reads: In a world in which superheroes have become commonplace, they are syndicated, monetized, and marketed by a company called Vought International. Unfortunately, money and privilege corrupt, and many of the “supes” give in to their darker impulses. A clandestine group of normal-human vigilantes then arises to counter the corrupt “supes”.
The pilot episode hooked me. The characters, the dark humor, and the violence were right up my alley. The story is simple yet complex. There are twists and turns and characters that you like then hate then like again. What I found very appealing was how accurate the show is, if superheroes really existed. They would owned, marketed, monetized and used for war if needed.
The performances in The Boys were all good. There wasn’t much bad acting at all. A few of the stand outs were:
- Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, the leader of the Boys. You can tell Urban was having a blast making this show. He is hilarious and brutal at the same time. You can feel his disdain for the “supes” and follow him through the show. He is a legit asshole, but it works.
- Jack Quaid as Hugh “Hughie” Campbell. Quaid is the character in the show who we are supposed to feel bad for and want redemption for. To be honest, I didn’t really care at all. I think its because he is playing a dweeb in a kill or be killed situation. Quaid plays it well and that why he was a stand out.
- Antony Starr as Homelander, the patriotic leader of The Seven. This character shows us what would happen if Superman existed and was a killer. Starr is so good as Homelander. He is a cocky douche bag that can switch to a guy that smiles at babies then can switch to a guy that can murder a whole building of people without a sweat. Starr’s performance is just great. You can feel his presence and are scared for anyone who pissed him off.
- Erin Moriarty as Starlight, the newest member of The Seven. Starlight is the superhero that hopefully people would want to be like. She wants to help and save people. Moriarty plays Starlight perfectly. She is very innocent but can switch and be a badass if needed.
- Elisabeth Shue as Madelyn Stillwell, the vice president of Vought International. Let’s be honest it is always great to see Elisabeth Shue. She gives a great performance with a character that is layered and has many flaws.
- Jessie T. Usher as A-Train and Chace Crawford as The Deep are two other members of The Seven and are great. A-Train kills someone in the first episode and The Deep sexually assaults someone, so you want to see them reprimanded. They are also have some of the best comic relief in the show, especially The Deep.
The cinematography in this show is great. The soundtrack has some gems. The costume design was smartly done. The CGI is well done. The violence is fantastic, and I loved every second of it.
The Boys will not be for everyone. If you love action and violence with very dark comedy, this show is for you. This is one of my favorite new shows of the year and I hope more people watch.
Available on Amazon Prime