Normal People was a tv show released in April of 2020 (During Lockdown!) on Hulu, BBC and RTE. It is based off the novel written by Sally Rooney of the same name released in 2018. The show stars Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones as Connell and Marianne respectively, with it being based in Ireland predominantly during the recession that took place from 2008 – 2016 (or so), as such the story begins at some point in that 8 year period and takes place for around 5 years. The story begins with the leads preparing to sit their leaving certificate exams (Equivalent of A-Levels and SAT) and it follows them through their time in college. (With all the twists and turns that happen along the way).
I really enjoyed the show and I was convinced that I wouldn’t. So much so, that I actually didn’t watch it until June. (I know most have binged it, but for the Irish, we would generally watch 2 eps a week). At this point, I had most people I know talking about the show, but I ‘knew the premise’ so why bother. I had even read breakdowns of each episode online and knew everything that was going to happen. But I was bored, and it was about 7pm, so I figured, why not, I’ll just stick one on and see what I think. Well, fast forward to 11:30pm and I have not moved a muscle and I have only 1 episode left, to say I was engrossed would be an understatement. I loved the feeling, the memories I had that resurfaced (Due to being Irish), the actors themselves and the storyline. Now, as you may already know if you have come across reviews here before, the only way to accurately review something is with a breakdown, so lets get into it;
The TV Show Community created by Dan Harmon in 2009, ran for 6 years on 2 networks and for a total of 110 episodes. It is a show that has developed a cult following since its final episode in 2015, it has had 2 separate stints on Netflix which have been beneficial for it to gather new support from fans. It is a show that is based around an ensemble cast in a local community college ‘Greendale’. Harmon wrote the show based on his own encounters in community college with each episode following his ‘story circle’ template. This is a method designed to create effective and structured stories. The show is universally loved by those who have watched it, the comedy is something that most shows aspire for, the cast is diverse and they bounce off each other well. Throughout the run of the show, there were some issues on occasion which had to be dealt with both on and off screen. Such as Dan Harmon leaving for a season due to being fired, Chevy Chase being written out, Donald Glover leaving, and the show being cancelled at the end of its 5th season, before Yahoo renewed for its 6th go around! But what are my opinions on the show;?
I personally loved Community, I have seen the whole series through only twice, once a couple of months back and the other time was probably 5ish years ago right when it was on Yahoo. I enjoyed the comedy, the characters, the story for what it was and getting to see the actors grow during their time on the show. But I have to say, conducting a review of a show without any objective criteria is basically impossible and I don’t think of any interest to readers, so lets get into a breakdown;
After going through the first two seasons of The Sinner over the last 5 days, I moved straight onto the 3rd and latest which was released on Netflix a week ago. I watched this season in much the same vein as the first, over 2 days, with 3 episodes then 5. If you have an interest in the other reviews I have done for those first seasons, click for Cora and for Julian. Otherwise, time for a review of aul Jamie Burns.
I enjoyed this season as it progressed, but initially in the first 3/4 episodes, I just did not care at all. I found myself lacking in interest towards most of the cast and how the story seemed to be developing. I had a couple of theories in those episodes that were correct as the season progressed regarding the seeking of a higher power and games of chance leading them. But other things were way off the mark, (But they were formed with my own prejudice in mind, such as Bomers’ character being in the closest), maybe this is the reason that was not as involved in the initial episodes as I felt that the show was yet to open into how it wanted this season to go. But enough of an overview as its hard to get in depth in this section without giving things away;
After watching Season 1 of The Sinner I moved straight onto Season 2! Which is another way of saying, after watching Coras storyline, I went into Julians story, with me now about to watch Jamies story! If you have watched the show before and want to read my opinions about the Cora storyline, you can do so here. I enjoyed watching the show and felt it was a good use of my time! But I did prefer the first season over the second, you are about to find out why;
I had never watched The Sinner when it was originally released on Netflix in 2017. (As I am not in the US, Netlix is the distributor for the show). I knew the premise that everyone was aware of I guess, and thought it sounded interesting, but was one of those shows that I figured I’d get around too, instead of it being something that I had to watch the second it was released. But with the 3rd season coming out on Netflix last Friday and my list of shows to be watched was dwindling, I figured that now was as good a time as any!
It turns out I was sleeping on the show and had a great time watching it, I would recommend it to people if they wanted a closed story to watch that does not take a long time to get going or to wrap itself up. 8 episodes is a nice length for a tv show that is going to be self-contained as it causes the writers to go straight for the storyline that they want to tell without spending time trying to build out the world of the narrative. (I generally appreciate the creation of a world one can immerse themselves in, but it was not needed considering how fast this show escalated.) I watched the show over 2 days with 4 episodes a day, but what is my opinion? If you have read any of my other reviews, (Hannibal or Dead to Me) then you may be aware that I (at least think) do my reviews a little bit differently that others! So, let’s begin;
I had never watched the first season of Dead to Me, but when the second was released I started hearing positive things about the series and after watching Bloodline about a month ago, I needed something to fill the Linda Cardellini size hole in my life and this fitted right in! My review of the series will be in the same vein that I reviewed Hannibal, I think this reviews are slightly different to what I am used to reading when it comes to shows, so if you get a bit lost, I apologise. Let’s get to it;
I enjoy music, some would say too much, I generally have something in my ear at all times of the day. It used to be more media / visually driven, but while I have been working from home I have found that it is easier to have music in my ear rather than visual content. This has led to me on different weeks listening to different types of music. I have gone through the pieces that I focus on for maybe 2 weeks at a time.
Over the last 10 days I have watched the 3 seasons of Hannibal on Netflix. (It is a show I had put off watching for no particular reason, but never got around to it.) I haven’t seen the critically acclaimed films, but I have them on dvd! (Again, just not gotten around to it). I am going to watch the films now after the tv show, but I am going to give myself a little time to fully digest how I feel about everything I just watched. So, lets get into it; Continue reading “Hannibal (TV Show Review)”
Little Women is a classic novel written in 1868 and the 2019 film adaptation is the 7th of its kind. With that many other iterations of the characters out there, it isn’t easy to try and distinguish your story alongside the others which people already know so well. But I feel this film did just that and will manage to stand on its own! Continue reading “Little Women (2019) – Review”
First off, if you know Zomebieland, then you know what you are getting into, as such, you know you aren’t going to see the best film of the year or an amazing entertainment piece that you will remember until the end of time. If the first film was enjoyed by you, then you are going to love this one. Continue reading “Zombieland: Double Tap Review”