To watch Carnival Row is to enjoy a great fantasy series, such for fans of the genre not to put any defects. Everything in the production is interesting to follow and despite being in an ancient period of history, did not understand – considering that some series, books, movies and / or novels of the time, become boring due to the poor use in which the plot is inserted.
This is not the case with this new original Amazon series. Carried out by Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, Carnival Row is the best choice for those who enjoy the productions of the genre with the wonderful British accent. From the setting, it is possible to understand that the plot takes place almost at the end of the 18th century in Burgue, a fictional neo-Victorian city that closely resembles an old London.
In fact, it is not just the English capital that resembles something existing. It’s as if Carnival Row is set in the same universe as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes – and visually, the movies of the same name, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
The plot is reminiscent of Bright, the original Netflix movie starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, where humans live with “enchanted” beings. And that’s exactly what is shown on the show: fairies, satyrs, fauns, centaurs, and other magical creatures interacting with humans and similar habits.
However, humans no longer want such creatures to dwell among themselves and to make it no longer possible, physical aggression and name calling are used in an attempt to intimidate them. Translating into a current context, Carnival Row addresses the differences and how others deal with them, xenophobia, prejudice, immigration, the search for another place in order to start over (refugees) and which most often result in deaths.
It is at this point that Detective Rycroft “Philo” Philostrate (Bloom) appears to investigate such deaths and in fact to wipe out the whole problem. At some point in the story, he will meet with Vignette (Delevingne) and an X event will surface – and revealing certain details from that moment on will spoil and in fact compromise his experience of following the show.
The special effects are incredibly detailed and more than that realistic. And if you compare this particular item with other productions of the same genre (fantasy) and using those same devices, Carnival Row makes school and visually, is a gift to the viewer’s eyes. Attached to the costumes, soundtrack and set design, is complete package.
Meanwhile, Carnival Row is a series that entertains and delivers the desired message since the conception of the project. And long before the premiere, the plot has already won a second season, which demonstrates that both the technical staff (creators, writers, producers and direction) as well as Amazon Prime Video itself are fully betting on the promising series that is scheduled to open in August 30th in the streaming catalog.