You – Review

User Rating: 7
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Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Developed by Greg Berlanti, Sera Gamble
Starring Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Luca Padovan, Zach Cherry, Shay Mitchell
Released on September 9, 2018 – present
Duration 41-42 minutes
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 10
Channel Netflix

Netflix recently dropped You, a psychological thriller that will keep you entertained for hours on end as you binge watch it. The streaming giant chose to drop it between Christmas and New Year’s aka a time when people are restless, have nothing to do and are combing the streaming platform’s titles for something to keep them occupied aka something besides those trashy Christmas movies that nobody actually likes.

Well the series seemed to be the sweet spot for most of them if Netflix’s recently released view count is anything to go by. However what people seem to miss is that You isn’t a Netflix Original, it was a TV show on Lifetime. Although after season one, with abysmal view counts on television, Lifetime dropped it and cut ties. However, Netflix signed on to be a streaming partner for the show and voila! The show exploded seemingly overnight.

Apparently Lifetime’s audience wasn’t the right one for the show. It craved a younger fanbase and Netflix provided just that. All of a sudden teens and young adults were searching up You on Netflix and google. Journalists were writing about it. It gained momentum and every single one of my friends on Instagram seemed to have watched it, with rave reviews I might add. So I said to myself, well, it must be worth a shot – and it was.

If you can ignore some of the trashier aspects of the production, it’s perfect. The show is well written, no doubt. Although unbelievable at times, it’s still great. It’s got only one season, ten episodes aka perfect for binge watching in one day.

The show walks the fine line between romcom and thriller. While hopping between genres it keeps us entertained. We know the plot where girl meets bad boy with bad past and turns him into a flawless human being – a man of her dreams. We forgive the boy’s wrongdoings because we empathize and decide that hey, everyone deserves a second chance. But do they really? How far are you willing to take that empathy? How much can you forgive?

The series takes classic plotlines and pushed them to the limit. It reaches the point where it makes you uncomfortable, watches you squirm and enjoys doing so. It’s sadistic and terrifyingly sick. But what it does successfully do, is make you question what you believed so easily before? Are romcom plotlines of – wearing girls down until the give in – okay? Is that really what we want to portray men as to young boys? That they get what they want regardless of what anyone else wants? It’s classic toxic masculinity at its finest.

Here’s a rundown. Bookstore manager, Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) develops an obsession with a young girl, Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail). She walks into his book shop and well that’s about it. That’s all she does. She’s doomed from the start. The moment he sets his eyes on her, you know it’s not going to end well for one of them. He’s a crazy stalker, but not one you can get a restraining order for and be done with it. Nope. He’s not that simple to get rid of. Also, he’s not that naïve. He’s pro level.

The show tells us the story through Joe’s eyes, save for a one episode anomaly. He reasons everything he does with chivalry. He’s good intentioned you see (really though?). Whether it be sexual assault, invasion of privacy or murder, he can justify it – and that right there is the root cause of the problem.

It’s a good series. Keeps you engaged and at the edge of your seat. Well worth your time, I’d say give it a shot.

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