Normal People

Normal People

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald

(2020, Element Pictures/British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)/Hulu Originals)

Some shows are just too beautiful to review.

As a viewer, you know almost instantly that mere words alone will not do justice to the so well deserved story you are watching.

Normal People follows the story of Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal), who from the same small town in Ireland but different backgrounds, weave in and out of each other’s romantic lives.

The show produced by the BBC now available on Hulu based on the book by author, Sally Rooney, is an emotional rollercoaster of a ride portraying painstakingly the ups and downs of young love, sacrifice, pleasure, and torment.

Both Edgar-Jones and Mescal embody and encapsulate their roles so well one has trouble imagining them as simply playing their respective parts and not actually being the parts they are actually portraying.

The directing and editing here are pitch perfect blending together scenery, music, and performances into each majestic episode.

One might say that this show is a bit of a sleeper in that the first few episodes unfurl very slowly only to suddenly drag you under the waves of this brilliant romance.

Seldom does a show or movie come along that creates such empathy and pathos, however, Normal People has achieved this and so much more.


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