SpoilerTV - TV Spoilers

Ozark - Pilot - Review: "Let's Move To Missouri"

When his dealings with a drug cartel go south, a Chicago-based financial advisor has to relocate his family to Missouri in order to give his money laundry scheme a fresh start. That’s the premises of Ozark, a new drama premiering today on Netflix.

At first sight, Ozark is not without resemblances to other “average man goes gangster” dramas. Its synopsis has a ring of Breaking Bad while its color palette is not without reminiscing of Bloodline. But at its core, this show created by Bill Dubuque (The Accountant) attempts to be a little more than just your classic “good guy goes bad” scenario.

Jason Bateman plays Marty Byrde, a financial advisor whom we meet as he finds out his wife Wendy (Laura Linney) has been cheating on him. But as his marriage is on the verge of collapsing, another bomb drops on Marty when the drug cartel he works with comes after him and his partner Bruce (Josh Randall) about millions of dollars missing. Del (Esai Morales) kills everyone involved and holds Marty at gunpoint when the latter attempts a live-saving sales pitch. To make up for the lost money, and come up with a lot more, Marty suggests Del lets him relocate to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, where there is more shoreline that the coast of California and where the population numbers go way up in the summer. Marty argues he can make the cartel five hundred million dollars in five years if he moves down there, and wins a second chance from Del.

Marty’s family situation is not ideal, but if his two kids are not thrilled to move to Missouri, it’s his relationship with Wendy that promises to be interesting in the rest of the season. This pilot establishes the fragility of their marriage and the chemistry between Linney and Bateman works well. But between the cheating, the cartel issues, the FBI who seems to be interested in Marty and Bruce’s business, Ozark introduces a lot of story elements in its pilot, and it does not seem to shy away from the idea of piling up obstacles for its characters. If it seems a bit much right off the bat, it’ll be interesting to see how it works out throughout the rest of the season.

The main issue I had with this pilot was the choice of such a somber visual palette, showing how seriously the show is taking itself. I understand the grayish colors used in Chicago, but it looks like that carries on to Missouri, which is depicted towards the end of the pilot. It makes the setting look so grim that it takes away from what the Lake of the Ozarks really is: a vacation spot, a summer-fun place. Granted the show was mostly shot in Georgia because of the tax breaks the state offers, it would have been nice to see a representation of the Midwest that actually look like the Midwest. It is tiring to see shows carrying on a grim color palette just because their content is grimmer. Instead, it’d be nice to balance a bright, green and brown visual setting to the darkness of the story. Breaking Bad did it well, so why the trend of blue and gray?

Towards the end of the pilot, the depth of Marty’s character finds a new layer when he finally breaks down on the road to the Ozarks. He uses a moment alone to cry over the events of the past few days, revealing the humanity of a man who so far just seemed very detached and practical. Throughout this pilot, the acting is good, the story is compelling and the tension keeps the episode engaging. If Ozark doesn’t offer much of a new take on the anti-hero story, it at least seems to be captivating enough to keep viewers interested.



Get Email Alerts


 
About The SpoilerTV Daily Newsreel

Every day 100's of items are submitted to us and we don't always have the time to make separate posts for the news and/or there is so much that it would quickly push all other items off the homepage.

So a result we've come up with the idea of the Newsreel, which will feature smaller shows and news items as they happen.

There will be a new Newsreel each day, and as news is added we will update the post and and push it back to the top of the site so that you can see that new items have been added. A tweet of the item will also be sent to our @SpoilerTV account.

New Items will be listed at the top of the article.

This will allow us to provide more news on more shows in a much more timely fashion
About Movie News Roundup

Rather that creating lots of new posts as new info is released and fragmenting the commentary, we thought it would be a good idea for the upcoming major movies to create a single post for each major movies that will collate all the info as it's posted.

New items will be added to the top of the list as well as the post being re-posted back to the top of the homepage when a new item is added. We will additionally send out a fresh tweet alerting you of the new information.

This will allow you to bookmark this page so that you can return to it whenever you like. It will also help consolidate all the discussion on this movie in a central place and make it less likely that you'll miss some key information.
SITE CONFIGURATION

Here at SpoilerTV we allow you to personalize your experience by allowing you to customize various items on the site. Close the popup to save your changes

Background Colour Picker
Enter the HEX Code of the colour you would like to use as a background. To get a HEX code goto the colour picker and pick your color then paste in the # number including the # at the front. eg #000000 is black #ffffff is white

Thumbnail Type
Rounded Sharp Circle
Square None Grid3 Grid2 Card
Theme Color
Light (Default)
Dark
Unread Indicator
Unread Off (Default)
Unread On

Full or Minimal
Full (Default)
Minimal
Banner Selector
All you need to do is to put a link to your banner in the box below and press the Click Button. (For best results your image should be 1090px wide and 200px high.). We have more banners in our Banner Gallery here.

Enter the URL of your Image or pick from one below