‘Sons of Anarchy’ series finale review: Cycle of violence comes to satisfying end

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There was one final ride for Charlie Hunnam’s Jax on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ — but fans didn’t know if it would be into the sunset or into the grave going into Tuesday night’s series finale. (JAMES MINCHIN/FX)
Sons of Anarchy” ended with a bang Tuesday night.

Though not as many bangs as most of us may have expected.

Charlie Hunnam turned in a final tour de force performance as Jax Teller, who discovered he could clean up all the loose ends except his own.

In the end Jax died, which came as no surprise after he spent the previous one hour and 47 minutes prepping us for it.

At times the finale almost played like a one-man drama. In the opening sequence, Jax carefully and with no hurry dug out old family pictures, his old journals and his father’s memoir. He looked at them all with a fond smile, then threw them all into a fire.

During the entire sequence he said nothing. The only sound was Bruce Springsteen singing “Adam Raised a Cain.”

Subtle, no. But effective.

From left, Kim Coates as Tig Trager, Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller and Tommy Flanagan as Chibs Telford in a scene from 'Sons of Anarchy.' 

Sons of Anarchy” ended with a bang Tuesday night.

Though not as many bangs as most of us may have expected.

Charlie Hunnam turned in a final tour de force performance as Jax Teller, who discovered he could clean up all the loose ends except his own.

In the end Jax died, which came as no surprise after he spent the previous one hour and 47 minutes prepping us for it.

At times the finale almost played like a one-man drama. In the opening sequence, Jax carefully and with no hurry dug out old family pictures, his old journals and his father’s memoir. He looked at them all with a fond smile, then threw them all into a fire.

During the entire sequence he said nothing. The only sound was Bruce Springsteen singing “Adam Raised a Cain.”

Subtle, no. But effective.
He also asked that his sons be told everything, so they would never admire their father or want to be like him.

Considering the violent world in which he has lived for seven seasons, Jax got to choreograph a remarkably large part of his departure from it.

Whether the world will stick with his vision is less certain. But it sent “Sons of Anarchy” home with a night of almost hypnotic television drama.

SOURCE: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/sons-anarchy-series-finale-5-star-review-article-1.2040387

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