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“Elegant and dynamic”: Critics praise Rian Johnson’s Peacock mystery series “Poker Face”

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: In a world of vape pens, Natasha Lyonne strikes us as the last smoker’s pack. In Peacock’s stylish new series, Poker Face, she plays Charlie Cale, a casino waitress who drinks before and during work. It’s endearing because it’s Lyonne: ashy voice, melted hair, and the general appearance of a young person aspiring to be a mad old coot.

Initial reviews for Rian Johnson’s latest series have been overwhelmingly positive. Johnson is best known for directing films such as Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Knives Out, and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.


‘Poker Face’ Premiere Review: Rian Johnson delivers an all-around hit with whip-smart storytelling

“They are a dynamic duo”

Screenrant’s Ferdosa believes the show is a winner and “will undoubtedly be a hit with fans of Johnson and Lyonne.” The review adds that “They are a dynamic duo and really understand what it means to have fun with a tried and tested genre. Even more impressive is the ability to create intriguing worlds with interesting characters.” Variety, meanwhile, called the show one of the strongest series to date on Peacock. It states: “This elegant series of crime stories gives an established star the time and space to solve a new kind of case, namely that of how to develop a familiar personality and take fans on the journey.” The Rolling Stone dubbed the history of “Poker Face” and its execution “rare”. “Here’s a detective with no home, no gun, no phone, no supporting cast, with a past to escape from and a doomed future.

The overwhelmingly positive reviews for “Poker Face” prove Johnson’s status as the new mystery guru. Although there were concerns that Poker Face might be a remake of Knives Out, early reviews suggest the series isn’t all that similar to Johnson’s films.

Poker Face is now streaming exclusively on Peacock.

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