13 Reasons Why, based on Jay Asher’s novel, is one of the latest TV-series released on Netflix.
Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), a not-so-popular high school student, receives a box containing thirteen audiocassettes, left to him by Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), a young girl who recently killed herself. The hard, painful listening will throw light on her terrible suicide and will reveal dark, hidden secrets.
Pro: The actors. All of them are astonishing, giving incredible and touching performances, even when their characters are quite conventional, like the cheerleader Sheri (Ajiona Alexus) or the punk-gothic outsider Skye (Sosie Bacon). The ones I’ve preferred are Hannah’s mother, played by an amazing Kate Walsh, the kind puppet-master Tony (Christian Navarro) and, obviously, Clay, whose doubts and sense of powerlessness hurts every time he’s on screen. Also the music is incredible, always fitting the moments and the themes. Can’t deny I liked Caroline B. Marx’s costumes too. Finally, it must be recognized the courage of dealing with these themes, as death, suicide, bullying, sexual violence and regrets are topics about which no one ever truly talks.
Cons: About the characters the only flaw I actually detected watching the show is the relevance given to Clay; maybe Minnette’s character hides too much Langford’s, making a little bit harder empathize with her. Length and repetitiveness are the most important cons, two aspects strongly intertwined. Properly made of thirteen episodes, there are some elements that are too much times repeated again and again: Clay’s parents asking him to talk about his discomfort and pain and the students, who, being afraid of what the young student could do, keep meeting and saying that they should take care of him. Ok, we got it, show us what Clay discovered and what they know, please. Probably, if the TV-show was a little bit shorter, these scenes would have been repeated a little less.
No one of the cons, however, is a good motive not to watch 13 Reasons Why, one of the most involving and touching TV-show I have ever seen. To watch and to think about.