They could have called this anything but "Perry Mason" and it would have been better. Serious disservice to the original. It's just another crime noir for LA in the 30's. Go back and watch a single episode of the original and try to draw a parallel to this reboot (?). I might watch it cause I like these types of shows/movies, but please, change the name.
I caught the last 45 minutes or so. Seemed okay, set the DVR to pick up the series to see where it goes. I'm finding it hard to separate this "younger/grittier" version from the Raymond Burr original. Burr was much more polished, less brash, and eloquent. Really hard to imagine how this new version would eventually become Burr's versions. Not to mention, the physical difference. The new actor is much smaller and less imposing.
Oddly, the pathologist that works in the morgue is the same actor who played the evil doctor in last year's "I Am The Night" starring Chris Pine. So the dude is pretty much playing the same creepy character.
AV Club did a review on it, which I was just about to read:
There are challenges every actor faces at one point or another, and often what divides the good from the great is their ability to meet such challenges, most of which are much harder than they might appear. Playing drunk is one such example; the best typically try to play a drunk person trying...