I kept hearing about this show, Gangs of London. "Have you seen Gangs of London?", "Are you watching Gangs of London?" And my reply was always a no. I feel I saw a trailer to it, but if I'm really honest, some UK TV shows are simply pants. And maybe it's because I live in London, I feel anything centred around London would be far-fetched or just silly. Or, some shows are just not for me!
As for the action, I'll go into that a little, because this film tells a story with action peppered in the action does not take away from the story and does not seem forced. Albeit, there are moments where the violence may seem unnecessary, but the world these characters live in and the seedy underbelly of London, it is nothing to bake a cake just to place a pretty flower on top, because baked into that cake might be half of someone's head or a hand, served to you because you double-crossed them. The action is fast, very visual and in some cases eratic. Needless to say, the directing and direction is simply superb. Gareth Edwards knows how to tell a story through fight scenes and action. And with this, knows how to tell a story whilst not solely being dependent on the action.
Not to take away from The Raid and The Raid 2, but the raid was a simpler story and if I'm honest, for me at least, the action carried those movies every step of the way. Not necessarily a bad thing because the story came second place and it didn't affect the movie at all. Story-wise, Gangs of London comes first and the story is strong. Think Game of Thrones, different "families" fighting to sit on the Throne, which is London.
Without going into spoilers, the series ends in a way where although narratively, this was possibly the only way to go (up for debate) BUT, I NEED a sequel just like I need another one to The Raid 2. Maybe two, a prequel and sequel, I need something. I want to know what happens next, maybe 20 years before or 20 years later. I believe there are stories here to be told. Keep them to 10 episodes and maybe we could have an "anthology" sequel or generational sequel, something, as I do not believe the story is over.
It goes without saying though, if this is not your type of show, London Gangsters, gritty and hardcore action, this crime drama is not for you. Not quite Peaky Blinders as it is more hardcore and modern, but a definite must see.