YOU – A Netflix Original

OH wasn’t really in the mood to watch any movies this week so I thought I would get stuck into a TV show I’ve been meaning to since it arrived on Netflix at the end of December. It was originally scheduled on the streaming site for September but for some reason, it was put back a few months for a reason that I’m unsure of. Either way, I knew it was something that I could get my teeth in to.

Based on the novel by Caroline Kepnes of the same name, You is a psychological thriller/love story that begs the question “What would you do for love?” The answer to the question becomes apparent when Joe, a bookstore manager, meets Beck, an aspiring writer. The answer is ANYTHING! Using the internet and the fact that Beck loves posting on her social media sites, Joe is able to gather the most intimate of details to get closer to her and what starts out as a harmless yet awkward crush soon turns into an obsession.

What I really liked about the series and it’s something I haven’t seen done very often. It is the way that the story is told. It is told through the perspective of Joe, played by Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl). You get to hear what he is thinking about the situations that arise and his plans to try and get out of them. It really gives you another perspective on a circumstance that appear so often in the real world. In the real world though I don’t think that we would begin feeling sorry for the stalker.

Badgley plays the character so well and sometimes you even start to feel sorry for him (something I’m not sure the writers were intending to happen). All he wants to do is be with someone who loves him without any distractions, such as ex-boyfriends, best friends… or even therapists.

Seeing Joe interactions with some of the other characters, through his eyes, you would sometimes be inclined to forget that he is a psychotic killer. He feels that all his actions are justified because of the way he feels for Beck. You can also see this when he interacts with Packo, the kid of his next door neighbour. He loves him just as he would either his own or a family member such as a little brother and doesn’t want to see him get hurt by his mother or her abusive boyfriend.

Throughout the season we get to see some of the backstories to Joe, what happened with Mooney, the bookstore owner who took him in ‘when no-one wanted him’ and with Candace, an ex-girlfriend who supposedly disappeared off the face of the planet when she moved away. We do get to hear some Becks backstories but they are told through and Joe what he is able to find out through his ‘research’ online of her. It gives us an insight into just how someone would go about finding out such information on ourselves.

Having planned to watch the season over the week I found that I was able to finish it within two days. It was a show that when an episode was finished that I was itching to watch the next and the only reason why I didn’t binge it in one sitting was that I was so tired I realised I was watching it with my eyes closed by the time I got to episode 5. And how I know I really liked it was it was all I could think of the next day until I was able to finish watching it. So, all in all, I would definitely recommend it as a must watch.

A definite 10 out of 10.

Anyway, friends, thanks for reading, hope you liked what you read and if you did please make sure to like, share, comment and if you have any suggestions please don’t hesitate to gimme a shout!  J xxx

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