Elite – Review

Genre Teen, Drama
Created by Carlos Montero, Darío Madrona
Starring Danna Paola, Miguel Herrán, María Pedraza, Itzan Escamilla, Miguel Bernardeau, Jaime Lorente, Álvaro Rico, Arón Piper, Mina El Hammani, Ester Expósito, Omar Ayuso
Released on October 5, 2018 – Present
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 8
Duration 47-56 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 7/10
Channel Netflix

I was intrigued by the trailer when it first released, mainly because the show is a European production and set in Finland. If the same had been released as an American production I probably wouldn’t have watched it and I know that makes me a terrible person and I’m sorry. Elite was supposed to be a guilty pleasure that I was gonna watch solely because it seemed fancy and posh. I expected it to be just another trashy teen drama, the likes of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. But, turns out it’s quite literally a class above the rest.

Elite is an eight hour-ish binge or at least that’s how you’re supposed to watch it. If you don’t binge shows who are you? So, we’ve got Spain’s most “elite” and prestigious school – Las Encinas. See what I mean by fancy? Stunning cinematography? Check. Weirdly flawless cast? Check. They’ve got a campus that looks like it could be headquarters for some billionaire CEO’s wildly successful multinational company and uniforms that look like they’re from Valentino’s latest spring collection. The wealth is oozing and I’m not complaining.

Heir and heiresses study at this gross overstatement of a school. “Manners and respect are paramount” is the motto, so what happens when three working-class kids get to set foot here? Yes, you guessed it. Drama.

Elite also tackles a lot of issues like social-exclusion, non-tolerance towards certain religions plus the gap between the rich and the poor. I’m impressed.

The series starts with an exceptionally good-looking boy overlooking a brutal poolside murder scene. This murder of student, Marina (Maria Pedraza) becomes the main plot of the film. We draw parallels with the show, 13 Reasons Why with Marina being comparable to Hannah Baker. The way Elite chooses to tell it’s story is also eerily similar, it shows the “present” where the characters are being questioned about the murder and the “past” where the three new students are trying to fit into a new school and Marina is alive.

Although the characters are very well developed with everyone having their own backstory justifying their actions, the sequence of events are rushed. Granted the show has lesser flaws than most others of it’s genres, but it still seems to fall flat in later episodes. Social issues dealt with in the first few episodes take a back-seat as the murder overshadows everything else leaving little room for subplots.

Characters that I fell in love with in the beginning, lose their charm and become shallow versions of themselves as the show progresses. Add in the death of Marina and I didn’t find myself aching for more considering I loved her the most. She was smart, sassy, quick-witted and by far the most interesting persona, her loss even though I knew it was coming, hit me and left me disappointed. Everything wraps up too quick in eight episodes and with no real loose ends, I doubt fans will look forward to more.

Credit – Netflix | YouTube

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