Being out in the desert with no actual TV, just Netflix, has meant that I’ve been binge-watching a lot of Netflix since moving out here. So, I thought I’d share everything I’ve been watching, with my honest opinions on each! But, obviously keeping it spoiler-free. But, before you go ahead and read this post, be sure to check out my previous ‘What I’ve been watching on Netflix’ post, by clicking here to be redirected.
If you read my ‘what I’ve read recently‘ post, you’ll know that one of my summer reads was ‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio. After loving the book, I had to give the film a watch too. I remember when it was first released and wanting to see it, but told myself I couldn’t until I’d read the book first. The film centres around the life of Auggie Pullman, a young boy with a genetic facial difference, more specifically Treacher Collins Syndrome. Auggie attends school for this first time, facing bullies but also finding good friends, but it’s a journey of acceptance. The film has many clear and heartfelt messages throughout of empathy, understanding, perseverance, and choosing kindness. A beautiful film with a beautiful story to tell.
Don’t F**K With Cats –
Being a criminology graduate, the case documented within Don’t F**k With Cats, was one that I already had a vague idea about. This three-part, short series is gripping, to say the least. I watched all three episodes in one evening. A gruesome video of a man torturing kittens is posted online, and a team of internet ‘nerds’ are brought together to find justice. Except, the story does not stay as simple as that, and more horror is planned by their target. It’s an interesting watch.
Fallen Inn Love –
A San Fransico executive has big dreams when she wins an inn in New Zealand, and jets out to the remote country life. This is not quite the big dream she had in mind when she arrives and the inn is in need of some TLC and is pretty uninhabitable. With the help of a handsome contractor, they attempt to fix up the inn, but romance and remodeling collide. This is your typical American rom-com cliche story, but a nice cheesy watch nonetheless.
Doctor Foster –
I first watched this when it aired on BBC in 2015, but then had to re-watch it when I saw it has appeared on Netflix last year. Much to my dismay, I then realised there was only the first season…only when I’d finished it. However, Netflix has now released the second season, so I was so excited to finish watching it again. Doctor Foster, Gemma, sets out to find the truth after she suspects her husband of having an extramarital affair. As her investigation proceeds, she discovers some mysterious revelations. There is a lot of good, true acting in Doctor Foster, and the roles have been cast so well. The series is suspenseful and gripping, with lots of twists. I also really enjoyed how the last scene was played out, it really engaged with the audience. I don’t want to say too much and give away any spoilers, but I definitely recommend you go give it a watch.
Wine Country –
A group of friends meet up for a wine-filled birthday staycation in Napa Valley. As each day goes by plans get messier and messier. Your typical American comedy, but it had me giggling throughout. An easy and funny watch.
Grace and Frankie –
Molly first introduced me to this series when I went to visit her in Newcastle a couple of years ago. I recently came back across it, so started watching it again. Grace and Frankie is a comedy series, about two unlikely friends who are brought together after their husbands leave them after announcing they’re in love with one another (and have been for the past 40 years), and want to get married together. The series follows Grace (a retired cosmetics boss lady) and Frankie (a hippie art teacher and zen lady), who never really got along but are now forced to live with one another and to cope with one another’sÂ differences. This is such an easy watch. It’s lighthearted and witty, but with a good storyline to keep you engaged. I’m onto season 3, and still loving this series.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before –
Another American teen romance film, but the story here is about a student, Lana, who writes some secret love letters, which are ’mysteriously’ sent to all of these five crushes she’s written about, which exposes and wreaks havoc with her love life. It’s very much a 2018 rom-com, with present-day references such as Instagram. Typical rom-com, but remaining charming throughout, and I really enjoyed watching this film.
The plot for the story is that a young woman at college, Tessa Young, who falls for a guy, Hardin, with a dark secret and the two embark on a rocky relationship. This film is full of cliches from start to finish, showing the popular opposite pair go from being irritated by one another, to embarking on their relationship bonding over their love for fiction books. Cliche? As I said, I know. So, it’s a pretty generic storyline, nothing much to offer to its genre of film. But, it’s an easy watch and one maybe for a cheesy film night.
What are your Netflix recommendations?
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