Russian Doll – Review

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Russian Doll Netflix Series Review Rating Flixxpanda
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Genre Comedy, Drama
Created by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, Amy Poehler
Starring Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Charlie Barnett, Elizabeth Ashley
Released on   February 1, 2019
Duration 24–30 minutes
No. of Seasons  1
No. of Episodes 8
Channel Netflix
Flixxpanda Rating 8.5/10

So when I saw the trailer of Russian Doll, I was understandably excited. The premise kind of bored me at first glance, but Lyonne drew me in yet again. She’s just that brilliant. We all know those movies, the ones where a character keeps dying and is forced to live the same day over and over again. Usually this entirely vicious cycle is made to make a truly questionable character a better person. Turn around someone very set in their ways. Moral of the story being, be a good person, jabber jabber. But. That’s where Russian Doll is different.

I first saw Natasha Lyonne in Orange is the New Black and I have adored her ever since. Honestly, she’s one of the coolest people to watch on screen. She always seems so comfortable with whatever she’s saying or doing. Her acting is so top notch, your eyes will be drawn to her. It doesn’t matter if she has a dialogue or not. She’s always prominent, with the way she moves – she dominates a scene. Truly a notch above the rest.

In Russian Doll, we see Lyonne as Nadia Volvokov in the bathroom of her friend’s apartment. She turns the tap off and proceeds to the living room where her birthday party is in full swing. It’s not just any birthday thought. It’s her 36th – emphasized because of the fact that her own mum didn’t make it that far.

Anyway, she’s apparently celebrating – drinking and getting high, when she gets hit on by some college professor. They go home and sleep together. But Nadia’s mind is always spinning. She’s a software engineer. She used to work for a video game company. She’s smart – too smart sometimes. So, when she isn’t lost in a frenzy of code she’s either high or drunk. She’s in a weird spot in her life. She’s attempting to distance herself from her ex, John (Yul Vazquez) – who isn’t over her. She’s also looking for her missing cat – Oatmeal.

After dismissing the professor, she steps out and sees Oatmeal across the street. She starts to run across to get him, when she gets hit by a car. It’s a bad accident – one which ends with her landing on the road pretty damn hard. Barely a moment passes and she finds herself back at the bathroom.

But she’s smart you see, she figures out what’s going on pretty quickly. She tells her friends events that are about to happen – to their amusement. She then meets her aunt and ex, after which she finds Oatmeal again. But as she’s petting him, he vanishes and she falls into the river she was sitting beside – only to end up again at the bathroom. So, we repeat this over and over and over again.

What makes the Russian Doll interesting is Nadia’s fiery red-haired persona. She’s abrasive, quick on her feet and hilarious. Lyonne delivers one of the best performances I’ve ever seen from her. Russian Doll focuses on her attempts to stop the cycle. It’s not something about becoming a more decent human. The series get’s even more interesting when we’re given hints here and there that perhaps Nadia’s not the only one who keeps dying.

Russian Doll is a roller coaster from start to finish, always keeping us on our toes. Give it a watch, I loved it!

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