It's only a matter of time before the focus of 'The Comey Rule' - that's Donald Trump - puts out his own review, but for now, we'll have to settle for professionals doing the review.
A number of US outlets have published their review of the two-part miniseries which delves into the web of deceit around the 2016 Presidential Election, how Donald Trump came to be elected, and the fallout from it. Based on former FBI director James Comey's book, 'A Higher Loyalty', the miniseries sees our own Brendan Gleeson as Trump, while Jeff Daniels plays James Comey.
As you'd imagine for a personality this polarising, the reviews seem pretty split on 'The Comey Rule'. Variety blasted the two-parter as "self-satisfied" and says that Gleeson's performance is both the best and worst thing about it, "uncannily evoking the president’s aura of menace and doing so while pushing his performance past a bizarre sheath of makeup that misses the mark."
Deadline, however, were more positive. They praised Gleeson's performance as "combover perfection", and described the Trump Gleeson plays as "a stitched together Falstaff and Richard III, with all of the latter’s self-aggrandizing and wicked inclinations and none of his intelligence."
Collider, meanwhile, noted that there are more than a few scenes that will probably hit the cringe alarm, adding that while it doesn't hit the same levels as Mark Wahlberg's "Patriot's Day" or Clint Eastwood's "Sully", "it ultimately offers us a valuable new perspective on arguably the most important period of modern American history, as well as a chilling revelation of how easily the most outrageous elements of Trump’s presidency have been allowed to take root."
In particular, Collider's review described how Gleeson's performance " hones in on an aspect of Trump’s personality that is typically overlooked – he is legitimately scary. The scenes in which Comey is stuck in one-on-one conversations with him are unexpectedly tense, with subtle intimidation ebbing and flowing from the stream-of-consciousness nature of Trump’s discourse."
So far, it's not yet clear when the series land on Irish television. However, the two-part miniseries will air on Showtime in the US on September 27th and September 28th.