A fun, body-flinging, old-fashioned epic.... As Kublai Khan, British actor Benedict Wong gives an impressive performance, one of the best of the year: You absolutely believe his ruthlessness, his power and his calculating thoughtfulness. As Marco Polo, on the other hand, Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy, who looks like a more lyrical Emile Hirsch, mostly has to be put up with.
Marco Polo flits between storytelling styles without completely tying them together as successfully as "Game of Thrones" does.... By the fifth and sixth episodes the action picks up, the intrigue deepens and the stakes some higher.
One of the most underated TV show I have ever watched, good story, good characters, good vilain. Critics have putten a bad review because they don't know **** about TV shows .If you love history, action, and drama go watch quikcly this TV show .
Shot primarily in Kazakhstan and Malaysia, the series is richly atmospheric, lavishly produced, and artfully rendered. But you may find that the whole is less than the sum of its parts. It doesn't work nearly as well as drama as it does as sheer spectacle.
Marco Polo might best be utilized as a sedative or sleeping pill. All those dark to pitch black exteriors and interiors seem guaranteed to prompt an onset of heavy eyelids if not a complete conk-out. And if that doesn’t get you, the ponderous pace almost certainly will.
Overall, this show was a very good production and most aspects were convincing. The storytelling kind of entangles the viewer with the story by struggle. You struggle with the characters, their decisions, so that ultimately, you hope for some bright moments in the story, some resolve. Regardless, the show has been canceled due to its huge costs.