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Coel's a great talent - no doubt about that - but this can be an aggravating, unfocused sprawl at times. The power and horror of Arabella's ordeal is the unintended casualty.
"I May Destroy You" is moving and, despite the subject matter, at times very funny. It should inspire plenty of conversation about very sensitive subject matter with ever-increasing complexities.
A writer less volcanically talented than Coel might struggle to weave one of these themes into a 12-part series; that she's able to explore so many different layers of power while creating such a compulsively watchable show is striking.
It's tricky to call an actor mesmerizing, for fear of making her power seem magical rather than the result of craft. But Coel here is magnetic and memorable, for sure, and you won't be able to take your eyes off her.
"I May Destroy You" is fascinating TV, taking a dark subject and turning it every which way. It can be shocking, it can be fun (which is also somewhat shocking), it can hurt and maybe even heal. No matter what, it's an unsettling revelation.
I May Destroy You isn't just powerful television; it's a great surprise. It's a groundbreaking model of how to honor the complexities of sexual trauma on TV without succumbing to lecture or exploitation.
That's an awful lot to pack into one series, but Coel makes the narrative aspect seem easy.
Coel already had a hit with her series Chewing Gum, and the strength of I May Destroy you proves she's got more than one trick up her sleeve. Expect to see more from her.
This is smart, compelling TV, electrifying and fun, but also important, stylishly filmed, with a superlative script and performances.
I May Destroy You could very well make good on the promise of its title, but its strange, oddly beautiful denouement will almost certainly heal you.
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Apr 28, 2021I had heard really good things about this, so I expected to like it, but what I didn't expect is how it kept suggesting sort of predictable narratives, confounding them, and then reflecting on them. The meta / writerly aspect of it is underrated.
Apr 04, 2021It's absolutely perfect.
Mar 21, 2021I don't want to spoil but it's a nice perspective on a tough subject matter.
Mar 17, 2021Really fucking excellent
Mar 08, 2021This show was an original. It was like nothing I have ever seen before. It was genius at times. I watched the entire show in one day. I couldn't stop watching no matter how hard I tried. I hope there is a season 10 of this show.
Mar 03, 2021I'm really struggling to watch this, it's super gross and the story is weak.
Feb 25, 2021This may be the best TV show of my generation. I have never seen a show take something so intimate and internal and translate it to something that could be watched on screen. I'm not sure everyone is ready for a show like this but it's a show everybody needs to watch.
Feb 20, 2021Unbelievably good, stayed up all night to finish. An addictively gripping and relentlessly dazzling show that holds nothing back. The craziness in the final episode is just as smart and compelling as the rest. Amazing shows like this are few and far between.
Jan 20, 2021Almost unwatchable. Really tried. Talented actress, but this is just weird and chaotic. The short episodes are full of gratuitously graphic scenes - people going about their personal business in various situations - which to me did not make sense. Otherwise it's very confused. This is regrettable as there is something there and she is a mesmerizing screen presence. I loved her in Black Earth Rising.
Nov 19, 2020I wasn't pulled into the story and I wasn't sure if it was also trying to be humorous. If it was, I didn't laugh.