In the last shot of Succession season two, the camera moves slowly towards Logan Roy, a close-up shot of his face. His son has done something which no one expected, least of all him. The ever-brilliant Brian Cox, who plays Logan Roy, shows us his craft of acting when he holds that expression of contempt, and disgust with a sense of pride in that shot. At that exact moment, you wish to stand up and throw your hands in the air, and say, ‘HOW GOOD CAN YOU BE!’
For me, the scene aptly captures the emotions which I feel about the show.
Logan Roy, a patriarch, who runs the media conglomerate named ‘Waystar Royco’ comes under scrutiny due to his ill health and the changing world of media. But, the vulgar and assertive patriarch refuses to make way for his son to ascend the throne of one of the biggest media outlets. Then, begins the quest of ‘succession’.
If it isn’t clear from the above-mentioned premise let me say it for the record, they are very rich. Ultra-rich. They have rich people’s problems, and their manner to handle them is also very egoistic. All in all, ‘Succession’ is everything that a Zoya Akhtar movie about the affluent ultra-rich class should be.
Building the world’s largest media house spread across continents comes at a cost. In this case, the cost is the childhood of four Roy siblings that leads to a dysfunctional family. The interesting thing about the show is that you’re never told the ‘cost’ through flashbacks, rather you figure it out as the show progresses. Though, there are a few glimpses in the opening sequence of the show about the trajectory of the Roy dynasty. Amidst all the chaos, betrayal and anger in the quest of ‘succession’, there is an underlying fact of familial love in the series. When you finish season three– the tensest season of the lot– you realize that fact.
The cinematography is very documentary-ish, largely making it a voyeuristic experience for the Roy household. In addition, I am thoroughly in love with montages showcasing the affluence, and richness of the world these Roys are part of. Nicholas Britell’s music and background score are gripping, and at times addictive. Time, and again the music surprises you with its uniqueness. Note: Look out for Kendall Roy’s (one of the sons) rap songs.
Hopefully, I have sold you the show enough, if not then, knowing that Adam McKay, the director of The Big Short, Vice and the latest Netflix movie Don’t Look Up is one of the executive producers, and directed the Pilot of the show, should do it.By Rajeev Tyagi
Postscript: Jeremy Strong– the actor playing Kendall Roy– pulls out of the performance of a lifetime. There could be another essay to just talk about the trajectory of Kendall’s character in the plot. JUST WOW!
Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar. Go watch now.
Written By Rajeev. He likes to know about human experiences and the evolution of society. And, if you don’t find him reading a book then, you’d find him watching a film.
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