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Review: Netflix Original Series 'You'

Updated on February 5, 2019
Netflix's digital poster for YOU
Netflix's digital poster for YOU

YOU

Based off of the novel of the same name, You by Caroline Kepnes takes us to New York City and introduces us to Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley). Joe is an intelligent and charming person whose cold past has left him with sociopathic tendencies. One day, a girl walks into his bookstore and he is bewitched by her beauty. The girl in question is Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), an aspiring writer and NYU graduate who is struggling to find her writer's voice. However, while she looks through the books in the store, she is unaware that Joe is steadily eyeing her every move.

Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) reading while Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) stares intensely.
Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) reading while Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) stares intensely.

Social Media

You delivers an important message about the way we use social media. Joe's infatuation is nourished with every post Beck makes on her accounts. By watching them, he is able to learn of her whereabouts and day-to-day routine. Social media gives him the tools to always be there at the right time and place, which is pretty terrifying.

The Narrative

Joe's narration throughout is raw, entertaining, and uneasy to hear. His every thought, good or bad, is known to us. Also, his inner conflicts are at times way more interesting than what's happening on screen. The way he is unfiltered about his feelings, helps form a huge connection between him and the viewer. That allows for those to become more invested in his character and maybe others as well.

Joe (Penn Badgley) and Beck (Elizabeth Lail) sitting outside a large moving truck.
Joe (Penn Badgley) and Beck (Elizabeth Lail) sitting outside a large moving truck.

Conclusion

You is a show that sparks debate not only among fans but its cast as well. It can be very insightful, especially with the subject of social media. The moral ambiguity of its characters make them lifelike and the series depiction of toxic relationships and friendships is spot on. Besides some minor plotholes and admittedly annoying characters, You is certainly a thrill to watch.

'You' is available now on Netflix.

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