13 Reason Why Review

The series, not the book.

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13 REASONS WHY (2017)

Creator: Bryan Yorkey

Based on the book by: Jay Asher

Starring: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Miles Heizer, Ross Butler, Devin Druid, Amy Hargreaves, Derek Luke & Kate Walsh

Synopsis (IMDb): “Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.”

SPOILER-FREE as always.

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I binged Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why in one sitting, so obviously it is not bad. I’m not exactly in a target group as I’m not a teenager or even close but then again, I still enjoy watching silly teen dramas. Then again, 13 Reasons is not silly. At all. It’s quite sad and not the easiest to watch. There are even warnings before some of the episodes. But still it gets you hooked. Or at least it got me and quite many of my friends.

I haven’t read the novel that the series is based on and I’m glad I didn’t because I liked the way the story unfold episode by episode. I really wanted to know what happens next. I read that the book is kind of a thriller but the series is not. At least I didn’t see it that way. It’s pure drama with very sad background story. Well, it is about suicide after all.

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The story itself is cleverly made, I liked the way that each episode is one of the reasons “why” and tells a story from one point of view. But when the story goes forward, a viewer will get another point of view. Nothing is black and white. Everyone of the characters evolve on the way, almost all of them are more than one dimensional, they’re flesh and blood. These days it seems to be rare that kids or teenagers in TV are very real, they are more like something that none of us “normal” people are, like princesses or princes of Upper East Side (Gossip Girl) or way too beautiful and fashionable like in Pretty Little Liars. But in 13 Reasons teens are normal with normal faces or bodies or clothes. They come from different backgrounds with different problems. They are jocks, outcasts or something between. They’re real. And that’s what I liked this series the best besides the structure of storytelling.

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All actors are top-notch. Some characters could be a little bit more developed but everyone on board makes the best out of it what’s given. There are some tacky dialogue but not that much that it bothers. The story itself is for me a bit strange as I’m very optimist person, so it’s hard for me to relate that deep problems that takes you to kill yourself or even just be depressed. But even though it was hard for me to relate, episodes were so well done that it wasn’t that hard to see “why”.

The biggest problem for me was that I really didn’t like Hannah who is the driving force behind the whole story. She’s really annoying. But at the same time when I just wanted to throw something at her, I admired that the second protagonist of the story is someone that you don’t really like. It made it probably a bit more real. And as I wrote these kids are what I see as normal, so basically all of them are a bit sh*t like teenagers around the world tend to be.

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As I don’t want to spoil anything as it’s important to view episode by episode to see the big picture, I wonder how they will continue in the second season. It has to be the another story basically. But I’ll be watching. These kids are worth of your time.

Starring: **** (out of 5)

Persons of the Day – Birthday Boys and a Girl

I was browsing IMDb and noticed that today is a good day to be born at least if you aspire to become a director. You would be in very good company. Today is also birthday of Sofia Coppola, Robert Zemeckis and George Lucas (and Cate Blanchett but Mutant already wrote about her). So let’s celebrate their careers as directors by taking a look to my favourite films of theirs. Here’s my TOP-10 films of these fine filmmakers.

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MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006)

To be honest I’m not a huge fan of this film directed by Sofia Coppola but I do love how it is so lavishly looking. Like a bowl of cotton candy and marshmallows. Yummy.

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THE BLING RING (2013)

I was surprised how entertained I was by this film. And it’s my favourite Emma Watson film after Potters obviously.  And I do want to watch it again now after making this list. Coppola did a nice job here.

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DEATH BECOMES HER (1992)

I didn’t even know that this horror comedy with superb trio in main roles (Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis) was directed by Robert Zemeckis before today. As a teenager I really liked this film. I haven’t see it for years but I should watch it again. I remember that I was awed by all visual effects/make-up of the film back in 1992.

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WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988)

Again another surprise. Didn’t know that this one is Zemeckis’ too. I really, really loved Roger Rabbit when I was a kid. I can’t really remember much about it now but as I liked it so much back then I guess I have another one on my rewatch list…

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THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (1999)

Is it really 18 years since this came out? Wow. Anyway I was engaged by the mood and vibe of this little gem from Sofia Coppola. It was the film that made her known as a filmmaker. And she was under 30 years old back then. Not bad.

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ROMANCING THE STONE (1984)

Apparently Robert Zemeckis really entertained me when I was a kid. Another one that I watched over and over again. Michael Douglas was so hot and Kathleen Turner the most beautiful woman I knew. And they had the best chemistry. ❤ I saw this again only few months ago and I still loved it.

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FORREST GUMP (1994)

I’m stupidly positive person who always believes in good and gives people another chance after another. So you can imagine how a film like Forrest Gump appeals to me. We all should have a little Forrest inside of us, it would make the world a much better place. Thanks to Zemeckis for this beautiful film.

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BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)

The last three on this list are such classics. I have no idea how many times I’ve seen Back to the Future and everytime it rocks my socks off. Perfect popcorn film. It feels like they don’t make them anymore this great. Hands down the best film of Robert Zemeckis.

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LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003)

When at her best, Sofia Coppola, creates strangely engaging feeling to a film. And this is her best film. Hell, this is one of the best films ever made. I can still remember the feeling after seeing this film for the first time on my birthday in April. And even though outside it was dark and a bit rainy after the film, I felt featherlight, kind of gliding through the streets, everything was so beautiful. Like I carried the beauty of this film within me. Perfection.

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STAR WARS (1977)

Like I could choose any other film?

P.S. I said it’s about directing but I just have to include one more from Mr. Lucas because, come on!

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Happy Birthday to Mr Zemeckis, Mr Lucas and Ms Coppola and thank you for making those amazing films!