First, I want to say I have never watched an episode of any of the American Horror Story series, until now.
The episode premier of American Horror Story: Coven wasn’t the best for me, but it does have a lot more left and is very intriguing. It captured me by the well made ads, and I sat down Wednesday night to watch a show I had never wanted to watch before. I always thought American Horror Story was just one of those shows where people could get their kicks. Not the best acting ever, but what else would you get from a TV series that isn’t HBO or something.
I have to say, this series premier changed my mind, and has me looking up for past seasons of American Horror Story. Just WOW. I didn’t know what to really expect going into this premier, but Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange sure stole the stage. I loved the cinematography throughout the whole show. The weird camera angles and the bending of images gives the viewer this uneasiness feeling that really brings the horror part to life.
There were a few points I didn’t like. First, to be vague for all the people who didn’t watch it, there are some really emotional parts where unfortunately, I felt let down. They didn’t seem that emotionally impacting to me. I wanted something more raw, I wanted Emma Roberts’ character to be fuming, not to just cause this thing to happen and walk away. It felt too shrugged off to me.
Now for those who didn’t watch, beware of spoiler alerts from this moment. Please scroll down to where it says no spoilers for the end of my review.
I had gotten to a point where I thought I understood Emma Roberts’ character, after all, she made something fall from the ceiling and kill the guy who just told her to hit her mark. So what would she do to a bunch of guys who gang (or bro) raped her? I think it was way too relaxed and is honestly the part I hated the most. So one flick of her hand she flips the bus? How is that in any way satisfactory? I didn’t take her as one to do that. I was sure she wanted to see them suffer a bit more. I waited for that moment when she came out and then instead of flipping the bus, would stop it. I was waiting for something more gruesome and vengeful.
As for what Zoe (played by Taissa Farmiga) does at the end, I was admittedly a little surprised, but it honestly made me happy as a viewer to see the vengeance happen. Taissa Farmiga also did an admittedly great job, she was one that I felt played the most emotion in the situation. Pretty weird to see Emma Roberts just nonchalantly walk out and flip a bus. I love Emma Roberts, and I don’t think it was her fault, but perhaps the writers of that scene should of thought through the emotion that would be running through that girls head. Just like the scene where Jessica Lange is doing drugs, and then you got a mad witch on drugs, and she just sucks the life out of the man. That shows what an angry witch is capable of. There was a scene that could have just been so much better, Emma Roberts storming out of the building about ready to make carnage. It really had the opportunity to be great. Not just good.
End of spoilers.
Overall, I have to say, I loved it. It successfully captured me, even with the part I didn’t quite care for. I’m interested to see Kathy Bates continue on in this role, as well as Jessica Lange. I can’t stress enough that those two actresses were BRILLIANT! Only Kathy Bates could pull off something like what happens in the beginning. A role almost touching her past role in Misery, only just a little bit though.
It wasn’t over the top brutality in EVERY scene, but it wasn’t so horrifying for me either. It definitely seemed to rely more on the feelings of disgust than on fear.
All in all though, I would recommend this for the people who don’t mind blood, gore, and sexual things. No full frontal like in HBO or any of that, but still well done (and obviously very suggestive, so no young viewers).
Definitely found my new show for Wednesday nights! (Wednesday Nights, 10pm, FX channel)