1990's artsy cult classic type of weird
Note – This review is of the TV show in isolation. I have no familiarity with the comic and have not watched any of the background Talking Preacher series.
-- mild spoilers --
Outlaw Jesse Custer has returned to his hometown in West Texas, to follow his father’s legacy as the local preacher. But you can’t always leave your past behind and, imbued with a unique power, Jesse seeks to find himself and God while saving his community.
|Jesse Custer, aka Preacher|
One thing that Preacher takes some hack for is that it starts of a little slow and confusing. This is true, but to me that is almost quintessential to this 90’s cult weird feel. No one understands the opening scene of Reservoir Dogs the first time they watch it, and they’re lying if they say they do. I, like most of you I’m sure, used to roam the aisles of my local Blockbuster looking for the wackiest, weirdest, most artsy-looking gem I could find and Preacher fits right in among this bunch.
The cinematography is beautiful. One of my favorite film techniques is the artistic use of camera angles, where the stills from these shots could be framed and hung on your wall. Preacher does a great job of this and it is easy to see the homage to comic medium. This was one of my favorite things about the late 90’s anime TV series Trigun, and I’m happy to see a show today employ this technique. I think it is very underutilized now-a-days – ya know, when the kids get to walk downhill both ways in nice weather. Who am I kidding, kids don’t even go outside today, let alone walk anywhere. I digress.
Obviously, Preacher is about Christian mythology. And by mythology I mean angels and demons and the like, not the actual Religious beliefs. But it is chock full of religious philosophy too. This is another late 1990’s early 2000’s nostalgia pull – remember Dogma, Constantine (film), The Order, etc, not to mention hit books like Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code.
|Cassidy and Jesse|
|Fiore and DeBlanc|
Baseline Assessment: 6/10
Bonuses: +1 for weird cult artsy 90’s film style, +1 for the Tulip/Emily relationship, +1 for a truly well rounded bad guy that is still very easy to hate
Penalties: -1 for the slow start
Nerd Coefficient: 8/10 “well worth your time and attention
POSTED BY: Tia ...aspiring couch potato and Nerds of a Feather contributor since 2014