With way too much time on my hands in the last few weeks, I’ve been binge watching movies, TV shows and pretty much anything that garners my attention. Latest on my list was the new Netflix TV Series ‘You’.
The series stars Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Luca Padovan, Zach Cherry, Shay Mitchell, Ambyr Childers and several talented actors in the main roles of the psychological thriller that premiered in September 2018 and was introduced on Netflix the following December. Based on the novel with the same name by Caroline Kepnes, the show was developed by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble.
Season 1 follows the story of Joe Goldberg, the manager of a book store in New York and his life when he falls in love with Guinevere Beck. And soon, love turns into obsession. The 10 episode season, while creepy, manages to capture attention and keep it and unless you”re completely put off on episode 1, you won’t be able to stop!
In this compelling drama, the protagonist is essentially a murderous stalker who wants his love interest all to himself. The show comes across with a very clever and not so subtle irony as the protagonists’ growing love makes him more twisted, and darker going to extreme lengths to do what he thinks will keep his love. And of course, throughout this story, there is also the underlying story of what really happened to his ex-girlfriend. Which we now know, will be unraveled in the second season.
The show manages to keep the mystery alive, not knowing what will happen but always knowing that it would be extreme, having understood the protagonist pretty quickly. Cast-wise, all of the actors portray their roles excellently and believable. Cinematography by David Lanzenberg, of course, stand out.
Overall, it’s a creepy show with a great story and engaging storytelling.
I’d give it a 4/5 and definitely recommend it. If you can stomach it.