fbpx
16/09/2019 Communication Science news and articles

Review: Netflix’s La Casa de Papel

Netflix has produced a Spanish original and it might turn out to be your new source of procrastination.


At last, the January slump is over. After a month that felt like approximately 74 years of my life, I am happy to salute a new month with a fresh spirit of initiative and productivity. I even signed up to the gym today! While I sure am embracing this wind of change, some things are not meant to change at all – such as my love for TV shows and all forms of entertainment. It is then with much pleasure that this week I will review for you a Spanish production recently acquired by Netflix: La Casa de Papel, a mildly frustrating yet dangerously addictive series following a heist. It’s called Money Heist in English, but that’s not even half as fun to say out loud with mucho gusto.

What it is about 
As the English title suggests already, La Casa de Papel is about money and thieves. The show follows a gang of thieves as they organize and execute the theft of the century: entering the Royal Mint of Spain, and stealing billions of euros. Or to put it correctly, print billions of euros for the taking. The plan is meticulously orchestrated by a mastermind of sorts, the mysterious and cunning Profesor (The Professor), playing a seductive game of chess against Inspector Raquel Murrillo. Surrounding the gang are hostages prepared to do anything to save their lives.

Have a look at the trailer and decide if this might be your new source of procrastination: 


Why you might find it interesting

  • Loved Reservoir Dogs? This show might just be made for you. Like the infamous Tarantino movie, La Casa de Papel features a choral performance, egos clashing, and interesting pseudonyms for thieves.
  • If suspense in movies and shows is what keeps you going, this is your show. I have been sucked into binge watching until 3 am, no shame.
  • You have an eye for aesthetic. The color palette in La Casa de Palette is a meticulous study in just how powerful and overwhelming the color red can be. Here, it’s everywhere.

The good

  • Did I say suspense already? The show orchestrates its twists and turns masterfully, leaving you gasping for more after each episode.
  • El Profesor. The most fascinating character of the show is the man behind the plan, an anonymous intellectual with worrying amounts of knowledge about anything – from police strategies to ballistics and psychology. He’s at the center of some of the most tension-fuelled action in the series, bound to keep you at the edge of your seat.
  • Which brings me to another point, his interactions with inspector Raquel Murrillo, leading the hostage negotiation. It’s flirtatious, frustrating, and absolutely delightful.
  • The subplots. With so many characters at play, the show does a great job at giving depth to each of them by giving them enough space to interact with others, revealing their motives and drives.

The bad

  • The gang. Some of them are just absolutely infuriating and constantly running the risk of endangering the whole plan. You’ll want to yell at your screen for no reason at all. Special mention for Tokyo, indecisive, spoiled and worst of all a bad copy of Natalie Portman in Léon.
  • Why the need for so many romantic subplots? Ugh.
  • ARTURO. Horrible man. Ugh.
  • The hostages are really, really annoying. Then again this comes from a girl who has rooted for the bad guys even in her early Harry Potter days, so take my word lightly.

Overall
With only 3 episodes left to close off season 1, I give La Casa de Papel a 7.5. Despite indulging in unnecessary romancing, which takes away from the execution of the plan and from action-fuelled scenes, the show masterfully manages to keep on stage a wide range of fully fleshed out, diverse characters. I can’t wait for more.

Reacties

reacties

Related Posts

Film Pride: How Northern Ireland and Singapore Handles Fame

02/09/2019

02/09/2019

Angela went along on the study trip to Dublin and Belfast. How do the cities cope with their fame achieved from series and movies?

Ierland is een feniks die zal herrijzen uit de as

30/08/2019

30/08/2019

De een kan niet een heel land bereiken en de ander heeft een te oubollig marketing beleid. Twee bedrijven die voor hun eigen uitdagingen staan.

World capital of street art & graffiti? – It’s probably Belfast

22/08/2019

22/08/2019

Written by: AJ Kutlu here are two things that you are exposed to the most when you visit Belfast: People...

Hoe propaganda twee partijen steeds verder uit elkaar drijft

18/08/2019

18/08/2019

Fabian dook in de politieke spanningen tussen Ierland en Noord Ierland. Propaganda is daarbij niet te vermijden.

PR-Disaster or opportunity? The influence of #Brexit in Ireland

18/08/2019

18/08/2019

The Brexit will have a big influence on companies in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Kelly explains why a good PR will be more important than ever before.

Protesten aan de Ierse grens: wat betekent de Brexit voor Ierland?

16/08/2019

16/08/2019

Het bekende Goede Vrijdag-akkoord diende een vredige oplossing te bieden voor de strijd tussen Ierland en Noord-Ierland. De huidige ontwikkelingen rondom de Brexit brengen dit echter in gevaar. Quinta beschrijft de situatie, hoe deze is ontstaan en welke rol de Brexit hierin speelt.

Why won’t Ed Sheeran sell me a chair?

12/08/2019

12/08/2019

Marketing agencies are using celebrities very often, but during the company visit at Morrow Communications, Joanna learnt there is a shift going on from celebrities to social media influencers.

Entertainment uit de Oudheid viert hoogtijdagen in het digitale tijdperk

10/08/2019

10/08/2019

Een Ierse tour-guide die met zijn manier van vertellen laat zien dat de klassieke retoriek nog niet verloren is in het digitale tijdperk zoals wij dat kennen. Kevin vertelt over Patrick en zijn tour in Dublin.

Why Northern Ireland plays a key role in Brexit

10/08/2019

10/08/2019

Sjors travelled to Northern Ireland and saw the remains of The Troubles. What role does Northern Ireland play in a possible Brexit?

Ada Varriale – a first-year communication science student

24/06/2019

24/06/2019

Join us as we get to know a little more about first year Communication Science student, Ada.

The downfall of Vero

22/06/2019

22/06/2019

Our brand new writer Jade on the downfall of Vero. Why was it the most promising social media platform? And why was it not able to beat Facebook?

The Day I Broke My Smartphone

21/06/2019

21/06/2019

Could you go a day without your smartphone?

Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

20/06/2019

20/06/2019

For this week's review, Karina tells you what she thinks about the popular book (and series) the Handmaid's Tale.

Congrats on being phubbed!

18/06/2019

18/06/2019

Phubbing is something we experience a lot in current society. Medium elaborates the negative consequences and gives you also advices how to stop phubbing.

The Dutch Hunger Games: Room-seeking struggles in the Netherlands

15/06/2019

15/06/2019

One minute on Facebook and the fight is on: “Pick me”. “I’m clean and sociable”. “I can pay extra rent”. “PM sent”. “Check your PM”. “Love me”. “Save me from homelessness”. Welcome to a normal day in the life of a student searching for a room in Amsterdam.

EnjoyInstagram