It’s like Happy Death Day….but better!
Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Yul Vazquez
Director: Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler
Synopsis: On the night of her 36th birthday, after attending a party thrown in her honour, Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is hit by a car and tragically dies…..reawakening back in the bathroom at the party thrown in her honour for her 36th birthday with a crazy sense of déjà vu. This is until she dies again….and the day resets and she realises that she is re-living the same day over and over with dying restarting the loop until she figures out what is going on. Along the way, she meets Allan, who is the only other person to believe her story because he too also suffers from an undying curse.
Opinion: When I first saw the trailer for this, I was a bit hesitant with concern that it would be similar to the movie Happy Death Day which I just didn’t think was that amazing. But the fact that Natasha Lyonne was the lead and it was clear that she was bringing her classic dry wit and sarcastic charm along for the ride I new it would likely be an improvement on the film and worth my while checking out. With eight 25-minute-long episodes this series is a fast watch which is unfortunate because I found myself never wanting it to end. Packed with hilarious moments, crazy and very creative death scenes (I always KNEW walking over those sidewalk grates and basement entries was a death trap) and the brilliant dry and very witty dialogue I was hoping for, Russian Doll is a treat from the first episode all the way through to the end. Not once did I find myself getting bored of the repetitive storyline because every damn time it would head that way, suddenly the most random story change would happen or a weird reference to a past loop would appear and you were instantly stuck trying to figure out a puzzle that the characters weren’t aware was happening. Not to mention the characters and those fantastic acting jobs bringing to life such a wonderful assortment of people that cleverly put a ‘hey it’s me’ personality in there for everyone. It’s extremely clever and even though an unrealistic series of events, a lot of what was happening was also incredible relatable in so many ways. Overall it is a very enjoyable watch and as I said before I’m sad that it was over so fast, however, I also think if it continued any longer that it did it would have started to get very stale. As it stands, the overall arc and ultimate ending I feel are the perfect length, well written and executed extremely well.
Them Feels Though: You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, you’ll feel sad (don’t worry, not too much sad) but most of all you’ll love the shit out of those characters because damn if they aren’t and amazing collection of people.