Life in Lockdown: What I'm watching

by Prashalan Govender


Sex Education

@sexeducation

Despite having stereotypes like the “black friend” and using bisexuality as a plot twist instead of exploring the sexuality as a core part of a character, Sex Education is utterly entertaining with more than a handful of laughs, an array of intriguing characters, and compelling story arcs.

Where to watch? Netflix

Shalan’s Score: 8/10

Derry Girls

Derry Girls, simply put, is brilliant in every sense of the word. It has made relatively small waves because it’s not backed by one of the bigger studios around, like Netflix or HBO. Oddly enough, that’s exactly why it’s such a winner. Instead of worrying about sensationalism and sex-appeal, the show focuses purely on amassing a great stack of laughs and it’s own unique sense of humour with intensely satisfying results.

Where to watch? Netflix

Shalan’s Score: 10/10

Crazy Rich Asians

@crazyrichasians

If you haven’t watched it already then honestly, what are you doing with your life? And, if you have then you know why I’m recommending it. Crazy Rich Asians, aside from bringing Asian representation and Asian pride to the stage, brings nothing nuanced to the rom-com scene but the likable host of characters, funny and entertaining writing, a vibrant soundtrack and heartfelt moments (no matter how cheesy they may be). Additionally, during this intense time, this cheese-festival old-school styled rom-com feels like a hug.

Where to watch? Showmax

Shalan’s Score: 8/10


The Crown

@thecrownnetflix

The grandeur of the show alone will bring in audiences, but the superb cast (which includes Helena Bonham Carter and Oscar winner Olivia Colman), spectacularly rich and pointed dialogue and spellbinding Princess Margaret will make audiences stay. The drama has 26 Emmy nominations and 8 wins. Further, while aiming to present a part of British history, the show has made history by becoming Netflix's most expensive show yet. Reports estimate the first season cost the streaming giant $130 million.

Where to watch? Netflix

Shalan’s Score: 10/10

Marriage Story

This film is just life-affirming. Film star, Scarlett Johansson, and film director, Noah Baumbach, actually contributed from personal experiences of divorce when creating the story of a couple who have decided to terminate their marriage. Throughout the film this concept of using real-life to bring about a fictional story can be not seen, but felt, as the film delves into human emotion and connection with an awe-inspiring depth that only living and life itself can rival. Additionally, the cast is terrific - Johansson gives a career-defining performance in this film.

Where to watch? Netflix

Shalan’s Score: 10/10

Aquaman

@aquamanmovie

Honestly, Jason Momoa. That’s sufficient reason to watch the film. But if it isn’t, then the film’s underwater setting with talking fish and gigantic, domesticated sharks is the escapism you probably need right now. Additionally, the film has vibrant colours, eye-popping action sequences, a charming lead, and some very humane interactions that will pull you into the film’s tide even if many scenes are clearly aimed at amusing younger audiences.

Where to watch? Showmax

Shalan’s Score: 7.8/10

Love, Rosie

Before they were tugging on our heartstrings in To the Bone and The Hunger Games as Ellen and Finnick respectively, Sam Claflin and Lily Collins played best friends with more of a furious fire of love than a spark of romance in this timeless rom-com. The film follows friends trying to navigate various stages of life apart while wanting to be together in great style that combines heart and humour with substantially pleasing results.

Where to watch? Showmax

Shalan’s Score: 9.5/10

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