Dear Squid Game | The Weekly Geek 57
Whatup, you nerd. Here's your bi-weekly list of stuff I'm geeking out about lately:
What I'm watching: Let's get this out of the way: Squid Game. I'm 100% convinced Netflix artificially hyped this show through viral marketing campaigns, but it's part of the popular conversation now, so whatever. I'm enjoying it so far. The show revolves around a mysterious organization that invites individuals hopelessly in debt to play deadly twists on childhood games for cash. Some aspects prove a little unbelievable, but the show does a good job of getting you invested in the characters enough to overlook some of the more improbable elements.
Movie I'm enjoying: Dear Evan Hansen. The Broadway show-turned-movie is an uplifting musical about mental health. After a tragedy occurs at his high school, a huge mistake rockets anxiety-prone Evan Hansen to prominence among his peers. I enjoyed the soundtrack and the optimistic take on its otherwise grim subject matter. This very easily could have glorified the wrong aspects of mental health, and I'm glad to see it handled those delicate topics well. The movie seems to have received a decent amount of criticism both for a major plot point and the age of its high school cast. I found most criticisms regarding the former issue unfair. Although I've never seen the stage production, I think the script treats that particular plot point in a believable and sympathetic manner. That's all I'll say without spoiling anything. As to the latter concern, I was able to suspend my disbelief at seeing obviously adult actors play teenagers. This is a musical, after all. And it's now one of my favorite musicals.
Show I'll talk about again: I finished the final episode of Marvel's What If...? and let me once again recommend this show. The finale ties together the whole season in a way I didn't expect. Can't wait for Season 2.
That's it for this week! If you like discovering awesome new things, please be sure to subscribe and share the blog. Okay, bye.