|Kelly McDonald as Irish immigrant|
|Enoch 'Nucky' Johnson and Steve Buscemi as|
Enoch 'Nucky' Thomson
|Stephen Graham as Combo in|
This is England
Martin Scorcese is an executive producer and directs the first episode, which I feel to be the best thing he's done on screen since Casino, though I've hardly seen everything he's done since then. There is one long, Goodfellas-like tracking shot that roves along the boardwalk and into a dance hall only hours before the introduction of the Volstead Act and prohibition which is simply brilliant film-making.
I'm surprised this series hasn't gotten the same resounding acclaim as, say, The Wire or The Sopranos. Much like them, this is storytelling at its very best, most complex. It makes one wonder (worry!), as a novelist, if the novel form is weaker as a vehicle for storytelling than high-quality, HBO-like TV series. Any thoughts?