Sunday, June 5, 2016

Peaky Blinders (Season 3) (2016)

Creator: Steven Knight
Cast:      Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory

The second season of Peaky Blinders ended with Tommy Shelby's (Cillian Murphy) being spared on orders from Winston Churchill because he has a job for him. The third season is about that job and it involves Russian aristocrats who were exiled from their country after the Bolshevik revolution. 

The stakes are getting higher and higher after each season and the series manages to stay cool the whole way through. You get what you expect from Peaky Blinders: slow build-ups, great soundtrack, stylish cinematography, mysterious plot and cool set-pieces. Tom Hardy returns as Alfie for the last two episodes with a typical enjoyable screen-chewy performance,There is a David Bowie song used in the the fifth episode to good effect and couple of Radiohead songs including a glorious usage of 'You and whose army'. You also get the BBC going the HBO route through a full-on orgy sequence with the explanation that the Russian are really mad. The new face for the season is the baddie priest played by Paddy Considine. Got to say that the twist at the end didn't make much sense regarding where the money originated from. 

Unlike the second season, I think one can watch the third season without having seen the previous seasons as it is quite self-contained. BBC have renewed it for two more seasons and Steven Knight indicated that the last sequence for the show that he has on his mind would be the start of the second world war and Birmingham getting air-raided.  

Rating: 4/5