Which Two Of Us Would You Take To A Deserted Island?
A leap of faith is an act of believing in or attempting something whose existence or outcome cannot be proved or known. Netflix’s latest Spanish drama Who Would You Take To A Deserted Island? is the film equivalent of this term. With four friends all vowing to follow their separate dreams after living together for nearly a decade, Deserted Island? is a bit of a slow burn but the ensuing chaos at the end makes the journey worth taking.
Before we get there though we catch up with these four friends who’ve been living together for 8 years. Eze, Marcos, Celeste and Marta all have their own secrets, desires and dreams that have been shared and hidden from one another with secret relationships, dirty secrets and a whole host of skeletons in the closet between them. After a long summer they all decide the time is right for them to pursue their lifelong dreams and go their separate ways. As the four friends head out for one final farewell party, the ensuing after-party back home sees everything erupt into a messy, emotional nightmare.
In many ways, this Spanish drama feels very similar in style and appearance to Fences. This is a character-driven drama through and through with all four actors given the chance to shine in the spotlight. Jaime Lorente is someone many International audiences will recognise, especially given his recent work on both Elite and La Casa De Papel (Money Heist). Once again his acting really shines and the tender moments are really believable as this troubled man spills his secrets to the group.
It’s worth noting that Who Would You Take To A Deserted Island? is quite the slow-burn. Clocking in at 90 minutes you can expect a good hour of that dedicated to building up the characters and fleshing them out. While this does pay off later on down the line, this is certainly one you need to persevere with for the long-haul. Still, the drama itself is good and when everything erupts into a messy ball of emotion at the end, this Spanish drama really shines. While it’s unlikely to be one you’ll remember for years to come, it’s good enough to make for an enjoyable watch nonetheless.
Verdict - 6.5/10