Oh hello TV people, welcome to the blog! We’ve often talked about Netflix, the shows and movies we’re watching, on the Facebook page, so it’s great to have you here. Some of these choices could be controversial and I’m okay with that. After all, it’s TV, how serious could the discussion about such things really get. Don’t answer that, I know, it’s very serious business. Haha.
Anne with an E
Guuuuys, Anne Shirley spoke to me as a tween and not just because I longed for red hair. Her passion and love of books were something I related too. She was relatable with her short temper and tendency for whimsy. When I heard there was a remake, well, I was equal parts excited and nervous they’d ruin my life. But I watched the show and enjoyed it LOTS.
I watched the whole first season in one day and was emersed in this world. A week later I was click-baited into reading an article about how they’d got it SO TERRIBLY WRONG (contains spoilers!) with comments about how ‘dark’ it was in places. I tend to disagree, the darkness is what gave it its light, to pretend otherwise doesn’t take into account the full potential of the story. And without giving too much away, there is one part with Matthew I totally agree with their comments.
One hundred percent worth the watch, and not just for nostalgia’s sake.
This is so much fun. Seriously, you’ll start watching and wonder where the time went. At first, I thought the ridiculousness of it would overwhelm the fun, but I sort of became immune. To the accents, the eye roll inducing privilege and the, at first, glaringly obvious plot lines. But this show has guts, and it’s charming; I think you’re going to love it.
And Eugine Levy, I mean, you can’t go wrong with him and his monotone, totally unique voice. The cast, in general, is pretty amazing which once again reminds you Netflix just be making some serious CASH. What I didn’t get though is the Mayor’s faux belly. I mean, it was fake, right? I spent way too long looking at his midsection attempting to work out what was going on there and why they didn’t just leave it be. Maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned it, now you won’t be able to unsee it. Sorry.
A while ago now, in summer ahhh summer, I reviewed the book. I took it to the beach and binge read it that day. A simple uncomplicated read, I felt there was a lot in there to inspire a small business owner about branding and marketing. So, I was ready to love the show and I did! I felt inspired to get out there to kick some ass.
There’s plenty of conversation online about whether or not it’s intolerable or interesting, so worth a watch to decide for yourself. But the thing is that if you’ve followed much of the Girlboss story, there’s a lot of personal growth that has happened/is happening for the leading lady. In season one, we see that first hand. But in the end if you don’t take it too seriously, there are some killer clothes, there is San Fransisco and all the 90/00’s flashbacks a girl can handle. Hello, memory lane.
You’re going to start watching this and think I’m nuts. And seriously, I wouldn’t blame you. Hang in there for one more episode than you think you can. It might just grow on you. Or maybe, like us, it will have you from the first episode to the very end. Riveted and in equal parts revolted and outraged. It’s not for everyone, but what it is is an intense look at social media, connectedness, perversion, and relationships.
I’d say more but really there’s not much more to say. You’re going to love it or hate it, so see how you go. When it ended, I felt like I did at the end of the Hunger Games books. I was haunted for weeks while my brain went about processing a why… Enjoy that. That’s a genuine thriller outcome, I think.
When I finished the first episode of this show, I literally exclaimed (people do that) well, that wasn’t like the comic! Because it isn’t, it is, but it isn’t. A friend described it as Archie meets Twin Peaks and maybe that’s the best description. It’s dark and moody. Apparently, that’s Netflix’s thing. Take your childhood favourite and make them twisted. The exception being the Fuller House thing, no comment.
But you’re going to love this show if you miss the one show a week format. That said, season one is now done, so binge away. Or if people pretending to be teenagers who never seem to have to be home are your thing. As a long time Archie comics fan, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I even manage to get over the fake redhead Archie, and that says a lot. Haha.
That’s my current favourite five, shout out to Drew Barrymore’s Santa Clarita Diet as like, a highly commended or something. So tell me, what are YOU watching on Netflix at the moment? And is it just me, or is this the best $10 a month you’ve ever spent?