DVD Review by Reviewer
The series revolves around the conflicted world of Don Draper (Hamm), the biggest ad man (and ladies’ man) in the business, and his colleagues at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency. As Don makes the plays in the boardroom and the bedroom, he struggles to stay a step ahead of the rapidly changing times and the young executives nipping at his heels. The series also depicts authentically the roles of men and women in this era while exploring the true human nature beneath the guise of 1960s traditional family values.
For seven seasons we have seen the womanizing dapperness that is Don Draper dealing with life in a world that was changing and yet for most people not fast enough. This isn’t a television series that I have personally got deeply attached to and yet there are several characters that certainly draw in your interest. I guess this now comes down to whether or not the producers and writers have done a enough in the final season to bring some form of closure but still have you wondering about where the characters will go next.
It is interesting to note that without having a scientific study on it at my disposal, it would seem that most fans of television series are in general disappointed somewhat by the final episodes. Although I am not specifically talking about Mad Men as yet, when we think of the great shows that have had cult followings, they often end in a sucky way. It is not to say that they have ended poorly, although some have, (Such as Lost) but because we love it, any ending is going to be a bit on the crap side.
So what do the people say for Mad Men Season 7? The seventh season of Mad Men received positive reviews. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 87% of 52 critics reviewed the season favorably. The site's consensus is: "Just in time to rekindle viewers' interest, Mad Men gets back on track for one last season, revisiting its steady, deliberate pace and style on its way to a sure-to-be-compelling climax." On Metacritic, the first part of the seventh season scored 85 out of 100 based on 26 reviews; the second part scored 83 out of 100, based on 19 reviews, both indicating "universal acclaim".
If you love the show, you should get it and savor it. I am sure that we will continue to see John Hamm looking dapper in lovely tailored suits in many movies to come.
DVD Releases: 4th November 2015
Starring: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones and Christina Hendricks
According to Jon Hamm, the production's pursuit of historical accuracy is such that series researchers will insist on knowing weather conditions, news items, and popular culture for a particular period related to the script's time frame.
The actors do not smoke real cigarettes. They smoke Ecstacy herbal cigarettes, which are tobacco and nicotine free. Show creator Matthew Weiner said in a New York Times article, "You don't want actors smoking real cigarettes. They get agitated and nervous. I've been on sets where people throw up, they've smoked so much." When asked what it's like to smoke herbal cigarettes, Jon Hamm (who plays Don Draper) told Vulture, "Terrible. They taste like a mixture between pot and soap."
Jon Hamm is the only actor to appear in every episode.