Girls (Season 1)

When asked about his character in Girls, Adam Driver has described him as, “part poet, part rhinoceros and part Neanderthal.” Hence the picture of a rhino that opens this post. I do not know if the rhino should be offended or if he/she should be happy because Adam Sackler (Adam Driver) is so charismatic and unique. But also quite crazy with no boundaries and lots of sporadic and random energy.

One of my favorite shows of all time is New Girl (2011-2018) and I have rewatched the episodes so many times. Recently I got a HBO subscription because I wanted to watch the new Harry Potter special, and I decided I would give Girls (2012-2017) a watch. While New Girl and Girls have some similarities, I would say that their tones are where they differ. New Girl has more uplifting, quick humor, while Girls has a slower burn with heavier themes. New Girl still deals with some heavy topics, but it is done in a light humor way, while Girls digs into the deep, hard parts full on, sometimes without any sunlight visible for the near future.

In New Girl, my favorite character is Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) (but all of the characters have their own pizazz that makes me love them all). Thus, it makes sense that Adam (Adam Driver) is my favorite character in Girls. Obviously I can relate to all of the girls in different ways, but Adam is just so himself that it is mesmerizing. So unapologetically himself and I envy that. (Excellent casting choice, just saying.) Just to be clear, I do not envy everything about him, just that he is so open with being who he is and does not feel embarrassed about it, even his weird hobbies.

Now, enough about New Girl, let’s move into Girls more. I started watching the first season yesterday and I am already on episode eight out of ten. It’s the perfect show to have on in the background while I work. It has laughs, it has weird moments that make me feel less alone in my weirdness, and it is relatable, sometimes almost too relatable. I love it for most of the same reasons I like New Girl.

I have heard mixed emotions about Lena Dunham. Some people do not like her for her voiced opinions, but I do not know enough about her to comment on that. However, I do have to say that this show is great, it’s well written, it’s honest, and the directing and long shots make it even better. Sometimes a comedy television show does not take directing seriously and can be hindered by shots that do not match with the jokes, but Girls does not make this mistake.

If you’re an adult, I recommend that you watch this show on a chill night when you feel like laughing. If you’re not an adult, wait until you’re an adult and then watch this show. Some scenes can be jarring and unexpected if you are not prepared for them, mostly in a funny and almost embarrassing way. I warned you.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

7/10

*Disclaimer: Making a movie/tv show is hard. Sometimes you have an idea and it is not interpreted how you intended it to be. All directors, producers, writers, and everyone on set should be proud at what they created and I do not want to diminish that. I just want to share my opinions so we can learn from movies and see what works and what didn’t.

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