Netflix continues to deliver brilliantly conceived and flawlessly executed fantasy dramas, following up the success of Shadow and Bone with the magnificent 'Sweet Tooth'.
Produced by Robert Downey Junior himself, the trailers and teasers promised a ludicrous premise. Earth has been ravaged by a mysterious plague (hits too close to reality), coinciding with the birth of a set of human-animal hybrid babies.
A mysterious human-deer hybrid child Gus (a terrific Christian Convery) embarks on a journey in search of his mother. En route, he encounters a Hagrid-like companion in Jepp (Nonso Anozie) and a set of other delightful characters.
Based on a DC Comic series created by Jeff Lemire, showrunner Jim Mickie has carefully interlaced his intricate world-building with soul-stirring music to really bring out emotions in the audience.
I can't remember another series whose music resonated with me as much. Music director Jeff Grace has adapted the works of Patsy Cline, Lord Huron and even Looney Tunes to really elevate the storytelling.
James Brolin's rustic and grandfatherly voice as the narrator provides another aura of awe and mystery that really hooks you from the beginning.
Neil Sandilands delivers a JK-Simmons cosplay act as the terrifying antagonist while Will Forte, Adeel Akhtar and Dania Ramirez shine in their supporting roles.
Cannot wait for Season 2. A dazzling post-apocalyptic drama with relatable, instantly likeable characters.
Omar Sy returns for the eagerly anticipated Part 2 of the blockbuster French heist series, based on the legendary stories of 'gentleman thief' Arsène Lupin.
While the intelligent machinations and elaborate planning behind the heists and cons were the highlights of part 1, part 2 delves deeper into the protagonist's motivations and his dark past.
Omar Sy is in typical blistering form, delivering the lead character of 'Assane' with panache and verve. Assane is an orphan forced into a career in crime due to a millionaire framing his dad and eventually causing his death, a backstory that you instantly buy into.
The hyperlink flashback sequences interlaced with the main present-time narrative lets the audience sympathise with and understand the lead character's motivations, while never compromising on thrills.
While never providing the level of intelligent, unexpected twists of part 1, part 2 rather enthrals us by closing the loop effectively and satisfyingly on several plot points, while at the same time leaving some incomplete as we wait for part 3.
Highly recommended. Part 3 can't come soon enough!
The masterful director behind classics like The Body (2012) and TheInvisibile Guest (2017, remade as Evaru in Telugu and Badla in Hindi), Oriol Paulo makes his first foray into a thriller series with The Innocent.
And he makes the best possible use of the wider canvas available to him, building a breathtaking, nail-biting storyline that has so many layers and twists that it will make your head reel.
The Innocent builds up like a layered cake, with additional levels of complexity and intrigue added in each episode as we move at a breakneck speed to a widely unexpected conclusion by episode 8.
Mario Casas is expectedly a class act as the main protagonist, Mateo Vidal, a man convicted for involuntary manslaughter after accidentally killing a youngster in a bar brawl. How unexpected complications arise in his life as he tries to rebuild it post his release from jail from the rest of this suspenseful, edge-of-the-seat series.
Alexandra Jimenez is terrific as the plucky detective set out against all odds to capture the wrongdoers while Aura Garrido plays all the shades of her multi-faceted character with aplomb.
A terrific thriller series to binge on over a weekend. Oriol Paulo continues to thrill and dazzle.
Raj and DK's Family Man Season 2 manages to live up to the lofty standards set by an incredible season 1, that set the mark for 'Indianized' espionage thrillers.
Manoj Bajpayee continues in the same rich vein from season 1, as 'Srikant Tiwary', an everyman middle-class bloke who lives a secret double life as a highly trained government agent.
Combining dry wit and humour with impeccably shot action sequences, Family Man beautifully straddles both the thriller as well as comedy genres.
I completely disagree with the makers' choice of going with Samantha instead of a naturally duskier actress to portray an ex LTTE fighter. But the actress from 'Super Deluxe' has grabbed the opportunity and clearly, put her heart and soul into the character.
Samantha excels in the action sequences and the emotional scenes, making the audience connect with the character's motivations and personal struggles.
The core success of the Family Man franchise has always been the human element. Be it the delightful friendship between Srikant and JK (played by the terrific Sharib Hashmi) to Srikant's fractious marriage to Suchi (a sublime Priya Mani), Raj and DK have replicated and added more delectable layers to the elements that made Season 1 such a trendsetter.
Despite a slow beginning, Season 2 builds up its manifold elements like a jigsaw puzzle, and gives us a true masterpiece at the end.
Highly recommended. Season 3 is apparently on the cards, with Srikant and gang up against the Chinese apparently, Cant wait!
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The No.1 trending new series globally, Shadow and Bone is a delightful fantasy drama that gets everything right-from relatable characters to impeccable world-building, soul-stirring music and eye-catching CGI.
They have taken inspiration from the Game of Thrones-style multiple-POV narrative, with the primary storyline involving an orphaned girl Alina (A wonderful Jessie Mei Li) coming to terms with her new-found powers as a Grisha (witch).
Freddy Cher, Amita Suman, Archie Renaux and Calaghan Stogman all shine in their respective roles, but it is the suave, sophisticated antagonist, played by Ben Barnes that truly stands out.
Barnes carries forward his rich vein of form from the Punisher series, delivering a stylish performance as the big bad, with the politics and motivations behind his machinations adding layers and depth to the character.
Shadow and Bone is a must-watch especially if you want to get a respite from the horrors of the real world as it is today and escape to a fantasy realm full of witches, warlocks, pirates and thieves.
It stands a notch above the Witcher for me because of the painstaking detail they have put into character development and the humour they have put in at various tense junctures.
The makers of Lights Out, Arrival and Bird Box have created another blockbuster product with enormous franchise potential. Can't wait for Season 2!