Fans are delighted with the latest role of Henry Cavill: Geralt de Rivia, the killer of white hair and sword monsters, based on a cult book and a series of video games.
“The Witcher,” with the 36-year-old song “Superman,” premiered on Netflix on Friday. Despite a minority of negative reviews and skepticism before launch, book and game fans, as well as television critics, are already fascinated by the fantasy series, some call it the next “Game of Thrones.”
The series follows Geralt, who belongs to a race of warriors imbued with a superpower known as “Witchers,” while traveling across a mythical continent and repels monsters. His saga is closely linked to the life of the witch Yennefer (Anya Chalotra, 23) and Ciri (Freya Allan, 18), a princess that Geralt seeks to protect.
Skepticism preceded the launch of the show. On the one hand, it is based on a video game, which is generally not a good omen for ratings and criticisms. And it didn’t help at all that an action-packed trailer also had Cavill pondering in a bathtub, an instant meme that indicates that the world watching television might not take it seriously.
Still, Cavill, an unconditional player, decided to give a dedicated performance: he said he was so fond of the video game and the books that he begged for the role of Geralt.
So far, fans have turned to social networks to confirm their approval of Cavill and his methods of beast hunting.
“Looks like I’m going to finish the whole Witcher season tonight,” wrote binge-watcher @stfushehryar on Twitter. And @DJSYLK tweeted “I’m not normally in shows or movies like this, but the sorcerer caught me.” While @ImUrHuckleJordy apparently couldn’t help but appreciate the drama: “” The Witcher “[not] is so bad. Pretty stupid, but enthusiastic. I’m having fun.”
Critics also praise the series.
IndieWire called it “strangely nice.” A Buzzfeed critic is now “officially hooked.” NBC News said the program “goes beyond the limits of fantasy more than” Game of Thrones “could ever.” The Verge wrote that Cavill “absolutely achieves the role.” Son Geralt is the perfect combination of fear, sexy and sarcastic. ”
There are only eight episodes in the first season, so at least it is more accessible to the limited viewer than “Game of Thrones.”