Netflix’s most popular series is back and better than before
When Stranger Things first came to Netflix, it was the show that everyone was raving about, so much so that I decided to watch this 80s loving sci-fi horror series last year. Surprisingly, I wasn’t as big of a fan as everyone else. I thought it started off quite slow and the 80s “homages” were more like rip-offs. With that said, after Season 2, I have to say that the Duffer Brothers have finally made an 80s sci-fi-horror series that lives up to its name and fame.
Death Note is a dull and simplistic YA that never truly finds its footing
From 13 Reasons Why to To The Bone, Netflix seems to be caught in the middle of controversy quite a lot. It comes from the very fact that the streaming service is willing to green light anything that passes through their desk. While that sometimes gives us some interesting movies like Okja, other times it leaves us with rushed and shallow movies like Adam Wingard’s incredibly simplistic Death Note.
Despite its many flaws, The Defenders’ diverse and compelling characters make it worthwhile
Netflix’s Marvel Cinematic Universe was once an exciting subject for fans of The Defenders. They got to see their favorite heroes’ separate series and Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and even Luke Cage’s stand-alone series were all surprisingly good. People seem to have forgotten that they were the first series to make Netflix a considerable network capable of spewing out high-quality content. Now, with this in mind, it’s rather disappointing that the highly anticipated team up is a sub-par 8-episode limited series only saved by the characters we already learned to love.
Marti Noxon pulls from personal problems to deliver a raw and real drama
It’s not very common for movies to deal with tricky subject let alone deal with eating disorders. I get it, though, it can be tricky to portray this type of sensitive matter in a world obsessed with militant political correctness or the over reactive backlash to the first movement. So, to be so unapologetic as Marti Noxon’s To The Bone is a triumph of its own. A touch of delicacy and emotionality, this eating disorder drama has a healthy balance continuing Netflix’s trend of controversial content.
Netflix’s original movie curse has been broken by a modern day E.T
It was a long time since Netflix made a good original movie. Beasts of No Nation was supposed to start a new era of theater-quality movies you can watch on your own TV or computer and what came next were mediocre films not worth anyone’s time. With Netflix’s Cannes entry finally available to everyone, it revamps once again how we see movies. Okja is daring, stylish and original, a kind of movie that is too risky for blockbusters today.
Netflix has been trying to get in the movie game for a while now. They sent out plenty of well-made and entertaining shows like Daredevil and Stranger Things, and now, they want to make the big ones. However, their attempt to get into the movie business hasn’t been successful as of late. Recently, Netflix hired big name talent in hopes that it will change their bad fortune around. As competently made as The Discovery is, though, the movie follows suit with every other Netflix movie in the past.
Netflix dives into murky waters with Jay Asher’s teen suicide drama series, 13 Reasons Why
Netflix’s new show may be its more controversial series yet, and it should be expected. 13 Reasons Why deals with dark, sensitive themes about death, loss, bullying, rape, and suicide. It follows Clay Jensen (Dylan Minette) a young, quirky teen boy who receives a box with 13 tapes all narrated by his co-worker Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford). The thing is that Hannah has recently committed suicide and these tapes highlight her tragic story. Even as the subject matter gets increasingly difficult to digest, 13 Reasons Why is chocked full of interestingly complex characters, relationships, and problems that need to be seen.