Thursday, January 26, 2023

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

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Rian Johnson is emerging as one of the world’s most solvent filmmakers and has a knack for creating stories that captivate viewers. The director is responsible for reviving whodunits in the world of cinema with startling mystery films like Knives Out and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Now he’s set to wow viewers once again with the highly anticipated Peacock mystery comedy-drama titled Poker Face, and it’s nothing like what you’ve seen before.

Poker Face is a case of the week series that focuses primarily on a casino worker named Charlie Cale (Natasha Lyonne) who is forced to quit her job and be on the run after killing one of the biggest Names of the world has debunked casino world. The person’s entire family is now behind her and wants her dead, but Cale has great power and can tell people if they are telling the truth or lying just by looking at them. Viewers see new characters each week as Cale travels across different parts of the United States, using her sharp wits and superpowers to solve crimes.

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The Peacock series is a “reverse detective story” in which the audience already knows who committed the crime and who is really behind it. In shows like this, the tension doesn’t come from trying to find out who committed the crime, but from how the killer will be held accountable for his actions. This subgenre is also called “howcatchtem”, which was made famous by the crime series “Columbo”. However, “Poker Face” is very different from all the projects we’ve seen in recent years because Charlie isn’t a cop or called in to investigate the crime. But she’s there all the time and often finds herself in places where something diabolical is about to happen.

Just like Johnson’s previous work, Poker Face is also a character-driven project and he’s keen to show what they’re doing in their own space. The director never bothers to take them out of their ecosphere.

The ‘Knives Out’ filmmaker has shown us once again why he is one of the greatest storytellers of this generation and uses his skills to deliver a series that is both compelling and super fun. Even though each episode is different, Johnson always keeps us on a path that he wants us to lead towards a goal that he wanted us to take.

In terms of acting, Poker Face is one of the few shows where every actor has given an outstanding performance. Not a single actor stands out and the performances are truly impressive. That’s what we call real teamwork. However, Natasha Lyonne owns the series with an outstanding performance in which she goes through many challenging sequences. The actress does a phenomenal job showing viewers how much she loves meeting and connecting with new people. It might not seem like a big deal to some, but their interactions with the victims are actually important and make viewers care. All in all, Lyonne is the real star of the show and you won’t be able to take your eyes off her.

Meanwhile, guest stars like Adrien Brody, Benjamin Blatt, Chloe Sevigny, Stephanie Hsu, Jameela Jamil, Hong Chau and more are phenomenal in their respective roles, taking the series to a whole new level.

All in all, packed with characters that are relatable and loveable, Poker Face has successfully reinvigorated the Howcatchem format with mind-blowing storylines. The case of the week series also features clever writing that will compel everyone to consume the first four episodes. Peacock kicks off the year with a classy and charming fall-of-the-week series with Johnson’s stylish direction and impeccable writing.

Undoubtedly one of the best shows of the year.

The first four episodes of “Poker Face” will stream exclusively on Peacock on Thursday, January 26 at 3:01pm EST.

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