You season 2 – Review

To catch up on what happened in YOU season 1, read my season 1 review here

You Season 1 – Review

So I just finished season two in two days. Let me just say that it is very much worth the watch. Season two gets better and shines more light into Joe’s childhood. Things make more sense but let me tell you that this show definitely is not a light hearted show. It’s dark in an alluring way.

The story is so good.
The lead character, Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), walks you through everything he’s thinking while the show goes on, which lets you know how much of a psychopath he is.

He does seem to have a soft spot for children, whom he cares for and tries to protect, as he needed to be as a child.

Every episode leaves you on the edge of wanting to know what happens next and hardly ever you will find yourself scrolling your cellphone from boredom.

After his pre-Beck ex Candace (Ambyr Childers) turns up, very much alive and aware of his crimes, Joe flees to Los Angeles; the perfect hiding spot because it’s the last place he wants to be. There, Joe gets a new name (Will), a new life (ok, he’s still a bookstore employee, but now it’s at a hippie chic LA health store called Anavrin, aka Nirvana spelled backwards), and, of course, a new obsession.

There he meet Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti) and falls into the same pattern he did with Beck but this time Joe thinks it will be different and he will be a better man so the bad things he does for her can be excused because she makes him want to do “good”.

No matter how far he moves, nor how fast he moves on to a new woman, Joe cannot escape the violent deeds of his past. Joe is unable to run away from his crimes against Beck just as he was unable to escape what he did to Candace.

Love Quinn is just as willing to kill for love as Joe, in fact, recognizing their kindred darkness is what drew her to him.

She’s spent the season manipulating events and playing him as much as he has her.

The season ends with them together, and Joe trapped in an even worse hell with Love being pregnant and willing to do anything for their relationship even like murdering someone to save their relationship.

The twist at the ending shocked me. I was not ready for what happened but in a good way. I was also sad to find out about some way things ended for some characters and their deaths but love the way how things turned out. Love is possibly even more unhinged than Joe, and unlike him, she’s actually a methodical and competent killer who knows exactly how to take down her prey.

Season 2 had some amazing character development and completely unbelievable, as well unexpected twists. The series serves as a highly binge-able, very modern thriller.

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Marriage Story – Netflix Review

Marriage Story is a 2019 American comedy-drama film written, directed and produced by Noah Baumbach. It stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, with Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Azhy Robertson, Julie Hagerty, Merritt Wever, and Wallace Shawn in supporting roles. The film follows a married couple (Johansson and Driver) going through a coast-to-coast divorce. I thought it was great, though it should really be called Divorce Story.

The acting is fantastic and the overall plot is strong. This movie’s commitment to realism really sells it and the message I got from it was valuable. It’s not a feel good movie. It’s a movie that will bring emotions out of you, emotions you were never aware you had. It’s a movie about fatherhood and motherhood. It’s a movie about togetherness and separation.
This film is about a unique feeling, the feeling that depicts, the volatile state of mind when your are about to or you have already left something behind, that you care and still sometimes get the hang of that it could have worked in some other way!
Movies such as this only are made once or twice in a decade. I will give the director, writer, cast and crew full credit for creating something that has left such profound feeling of disparity, sorrow, grief and anger, yet, at the same time, you feel connected to all the characters. You would want to pick sides, but you won’t be able to. That’s the beauty of this movie. Unlike Kramer vs Kramer, where you clearly are rooting for Ted, or in A Separation, where you empathise with what Simin is going through, Marriage Story will leave you pondering about the reality of the separation. This movie covers a couple going through a divorce and pulls no punches about the hardship of all of it.

The core issue is that the breadwinner is Charlie and his wife Nicole wants to move from NY to LA to get a part in a show. Charlie elects to stay in NY and continue directing his successful broadway plays. Both parties here are selfish.

Nicole is willing to uproot her child and throw away her marriage because of a dream. Charlie is willing to let this happen and lose his son because of his dream. They are both selfish and equally responsible for their failed marriage. Nicole is not in love anymore, she is happy that she had to courage to leave Charlie and stand up for herself.

The couple split amicably with no lawyers but eventually, Nicole hires a high priced lawyer and takes it to court. By the end Charlie is destitute, losing his company, and losing his son. In the end, Nicole allows him to have his son over for an extra night and he thanks her sincerely. Charlie thanks her for allowing him to see his son- this is supposed to be sweet but to me it is horrifying.

Nicole took all of Charlie’s money, his business, his dreams, and his son and then throws him scraps and we are suppose to think she is a good person? I refuse to think this. She is a bitter person that put her son and husband through hell for petty revenge.
I guess this is where the film lost me and gained me. I despise Nicole by the end despite the attempts of the movie but I respect its commitment to realism.
A beautiful film, and magnificent job by Noah Baumbach (the director).

You Season 1 – Review

“You” Season 2 premieres Dec. 26 on Netflix. So here is the review of it’s season 1.

“YOU” is an American psychological thriller series developed by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. The first season is based on the eponymous 2014 novel titled YOU by Caroline Kepnes.
“YOU” is a show that most certainly captures the essence of the complexity of love and the lengths that some are able to go for it. It is undoubtedly thrilling, keeping me stressed out about what will happen next. It’s also incredibly good at warming ones heart. You’ll find yourself both loving Penn Badgley as Joe (protagonist), and his kind heart and selflessness, but also hating his guts.
“You do bad things for the people you love but it doesn’t mean it’s right. It is because love is more important” . This is what Joe, the main character in the series, said to a little kid after he did something ‘bad’. It somehow sums up what the series is all about.

It could be love that drawn Joe (Penn Badgley), a bookstore manager to Beck (Elizabeth Lail), a struggling new writer after he first saw her at the bookstore.

After a series of barely ignorable stalking from Joe, the series started like your usual cheesy romantic story but it turns out creepy and bloody as it continues to unravel before your eyes. Yes it could be love or could it be addiction?
In a sense the show is nothing less than breath-taking. The cinematography and acting are also great.
However the flaws that are causing me to wonder whether my time spent watching this show was worth it are a few poor plot decisions, some pretty unrealistic scenarios, and a pretty terrible ending. While Joe is a stalker, the lengths that he goes to, and things he’s able to get away with, are unnervingly unrealistic. He sneaks his way into houses to watch people, literally tip-toeing around them. Realistically he would most DEFINITELY, been seen or heard. And more importantly no one would go to these lengths to stalk someone. His relationship with Beck, the main love interest, is very enthralling and profound, yet it feels like it was dragged on until the very end of the season for no reason. Seriously. The writer(s) even made them take a little break for two episodes just so they could prolong the season which ended incredibly anticlimactically. They have already milked the hell out of the whole “look at me I’m a murderer who can’t be caught” thing, and realistically he would have most definitely been caught for at least a few of them. The murdering spree is basically definitely going to be continued based on the way the first season ended. He killed what seemed to be the love of his life, eliminating the intimacy and real ness between the two that had been building through the whole season, which leaves me with little excitement for the second season.
All in all, this series had me pretty interested throughout its entirety, and if you’re looking for a show that hits both the categories of a romance and a thriller/horror, then this one does so pretty adequately.

Few unrealistic details and a plot that could use some work but if you’ve got the time I’d definitely recommend giving it a watch.