Queer Eye: Netflix Review

I know it’s been a while since I last wrote a blog. But, I needed to take time out to continue doing what I love. Gaming and watching Netflix. So, I decided to watch season 4 of Queer Eye. I’ve enjoyed watching this programme from the very first episode on Netflix. The ‘Fab Five’ are quirky and fun to watch. But the show can bring the viewer to tears as well. The Fab Five include Antoni Porowski (food and wine specialist),  Bobby Berk (interior designer), Johnathan Van Ness (grooming consultant), Tan France (fashion designer) and Karamo Brown (culture expert). These five talented men visit the homes of people, from different walks of life, who have been nominated by friends or family. It is usually people who need help to change their lives for them better. Or are so busy caring for other people, that they forget to care about themselves.

I have to say, this is one of my ‘can’t wait to watch’ Netflix series. Simply because it is so easy to watch. It has that good wholesome feel to it. I will admit that Johnathan is my favourite out of the fab five. He’s just so confident and flamboyant. You’ll watch him walk in heels and a skirt and he’ll own it. He just radiates confidence. The other four are no slouches either. When they meet the person they’re helping, they just seem to know exactly what to do to change this person’s life for the better. In my opinion there’s nothing better than watching people help others to increase their quality of life.

It’s also nice to see how welcome the fab five are in each of the homes. I know it seems a strange thing to say. But all five of them are so confident, loud and outgoing, that it could shock some people at first. But, I’ve watched them completely redesign a house and give it a fabulous modern look. Give a person a total makeover, showing then what suits them and what doesn’t. Help that person’s mental health. By working out why they feel they way they do and then help them gain the self-esteem they need. You actually see this person’s transformation. It really is amazing.

If you’re after a show that’s easy to watch, funny, serious and all-round enjoyable. I would definitely recommend Queer Eye on Netflix.

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Netflix Reviews – Marlon Season 1 & 2

It took a while to decide to watch the first season of Marlon. But when I did, I couldn’t believe I didn’t watch it sooner. So you can guess what happened. As soon as the second season was available to watch, I put it on straight away. If I’m going to watch a comedy series, it needs to really catch my eye and make me laugh. Marlon does just that.

Marlon is a divorced youtuber, who manages to keep a good relationship with his ex wife Ashley and their two children Marley and Zack. Marley is your typical bookworm nerd, who seems to show more maturity than her farther at times. Zack is a happy-go-lucky teen who must everything he wants from his father. Since Marlon spends most if his time at Ashley’s house, he runs into Yvette quite often. Yvette is Ashley’s best friend, who engages in a petty, but funny feud with Marlon. Yvette spends most of her time keeping a close eye on Marlon. Then there’s Stevie, who is Marlon’s best friend. He spent one night on Marlon’s couch and has never left. Even though he is educated, he can’t seem to hold down a job and he has even worst luck with his love life.

The show is a very funny, lighthearted sitcom. You get to watch Marlon as he finds trouble, simply by being himself. Which usually means doing things out of the ordinary. Marlon, played by Marlon Wayans, is quite a strong character, so it can see like the other characters can fade into the background at times. Which is a shame, since the other characters are just as funny. But it doesn’t make the show any less watchable.

The thing I liked most about Marlon is it seemed to be a throwback to a typical 90’s sitcom, with a modern twist. If you’re after a light-hearted comedy that will keep you laughing, but will touch on serious subjects at times, it is definitely worth a watch.

Netflix Reviews – Bird Box (2018)

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019 and what better way to start the year than with something different. If I’m not watching Netflix, I’m watching Amazon Prime Video. So, it makes sense to incorporate that part into my blog. As soon as Netflix sent a ‘we recommend you watch this’ in my inbox, I was spending most of my time wondering if I should watch it. It wasn’t until I was sitting in my kitchen, preparing the family buffet for New Years Eve, that I decided to give it a go. 

Bird Box is quite new to Netflix. Although, the concept isn’t. I found a lot of people have different ideas on films or programmes it’s similar to. Personally, I found it was a cross between The Walking Dead and an episode in season one of Dollhouse, Echoes. The film starts off with the female lead whos single and pregnant. Now, I have a preference for dramatic and action filled films/series with a strong female lead, but even I thought, ‘really, that’s how you’re going to start the film’. Sandra Bullock plays Malorie who you see on own with two children at the very start, before it jumps to five years in the past. Here you see Malorie watching a news report about an epidemic sweeping Europe, before she goes to the hospital with her sister. When she’s at the hospital, she leaves her appointment seeing a woman hitting her head against a window, repeatedly. It’s then she realises the epidemic has arrived.

I don’t mind flashbacks as long as they are relevant to what I’m watching. The flashbacks are done well in this film. We get to see Malorie’s dangerous journey with a young boy and girl, dubbed Boy and Girl. Then it jumps back to how Malorie ended up on her own with the two of them. The flashback explains how it’s something that people see that causes them to want to hurt themselves. That’s why it’s so important to keep the blindfolds on. Yet, it doesn’t explain why people who have been certified as insane can see whatever it is and it doesn’t cause them any harm. The insane just want others to see, by any means possible.

Malorie’s journey to the safe haven is a dangerous one. But, overall, it was a good film. Don’t get me wrong, it seemed a little over the top at times. I can understand why she was so harsh and detached from the children. It just a shame there were holes in story. Such as, who or what was causing everyone to hurt themselves. If you have a bit of free time and fancied watching a soft horror, I’d definitely recommend this film.