Mayor of Kingstown:
review by Bobby Blakey
Tyler Sheridan has had an inansely impressive career with writing films like Sicario and Hell or High Water along with creating the hit series Yellowstone and its spin-off 1883. In 2021 he brought another show to Paramount+ alongside Hugh Dillon with Mayor of Kingstown starring Jeremy Renner, Dianne Wiest, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Dillon, Taylor Handley, Emma Laird, Tobi Bamtefa, Derek Webster, Hamish Allan-Headley, Pha’rez Lass and Aidan Gillen.
Mayor of Kingstown follows the McLusky family, power brokers in Kingstown, Mich., where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither.
I was a bit late to the party on this one, but I am damn glad I finally joined in because this show is so good. The story has a dark gritty vibe to it that reminds me of a fusion between a standard crime drama and a mob movie that works to perfection. There is a ton of layers here that help the show stand out dealing with the prison, the family and the conspiracies. There is no shortage of action or twists and turns that will no doubt keep you invested from beginning to end and begging for more.
I have always felt Renner was great, but I think this might be the best he has been in a long time. He is fully invested in the character and brings layers to him that make him more than just the tough guy he appears. The interesting thing about this show is that no one in the cast are all that great people for the most part, but it all fuses to perfection to the tone of what it is.
It goes in directions you don’t expect and pulls no punches taking you
on a heavy ride of violence, betrayal, redemption and the unexpected making for one of the better shows I have seen in some time. One of the final moments in the show that allows Renner to really cut loose is so perfectly and violently handled that it elevates the entire experience to something so great.
I love this show and cannot wait until the new season kicks off. Until then grab your copy of Mayor of Kingstown: Season One that not only features all the episodes from the season, but over two hours of bonus content, when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 27th from