Absolute Beginners Season 1 Review – Netflix’s romantic drama falls flat

Absolute Beginners Season 1 Review

Netflix’s romantic drama falls flat

Season 1



Episode Guide

Episode 1 – | Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 2/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 2/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 1/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 1/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 2.5/5

Absolute Beginners follows two lifelong friends as they spend their last summer together at the beach before heading off to film school. When a young athlete with big dreams enters their lives, he sparks unexpected feelings in them.

As interpersonal conflicts emerge among the friends, their film project begins to suffer in the bargain. Lena’s efforts to complete the movie on time are causing her stress. Ridden by shame, Igor assumes control of his destiny. Furthermore, Niko appears to be witnessing the collapse of his family.

The primary characters of the show are introduced as the show begins, and it lays the groundwork for what’s to come. Having said that, the plot begins on an erratic note, and the characters aren’t introduced very effectively. We’re thrown headfirst into a convoluted plot. The structure of the story could have benefited from a more solid introduction.

The show’s plot gets increasingly ridiculous with each new episode. The level of craziness in this show is unparalleled. Furthermore, the show’s morals appear to be extremely questionable, and the plot is quite absurd and illogical. Additionally, none of the characters in the story are sympathetic enough to root for. That said, everything is wrapped up neatly in the finale. There isn’t really a resolution in the traditional sense, but we do see where the characters could go.

The show attempts to set up a love triangle. However, all the relationship dynamics, whether it’s the elders or the youngsters, are just downright terrible and shallow. Additionally, you don’t actually feel a connection to any of the characters. The story Tamara tells Dawid about Lena’s childhood served as the very first genuine connecting moment between the two. Aside from that, the show’s relationships remain superficial, giving us no one to root for.

The show’s six episodes showcase stunning cinematography. The landscapes and the visuals are gorgeous. The sound score is equally impressive.

All of the actors are fairly decent in their respective roles. Interestingly, Martyna Byczkowska, in the role of Lena, delivers a stunning performance. No one else in the storyline is as memorable as her.

The overall quality of the show is low, and that includes its story, characters, and structure. Having said that, the show’s artistic direction and musical score are both fantastic.


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  • Verdict - 3/10

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