If Jane Austen wrote Gossip Girl, this would probably be it. Bridgerton is Netflix’ latest offering for people looking for a bit of an escape — this time, to the Regency era where life was seemingly less boring than one might imagine.
The show is based on the first book of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series: ‘The Duke and I’. For comparison’s sake, I found myself reading the book after finishing all of its eight episodes. Personally, I find the small screen adaptation proves to be quite respectful to the canon. Some adjustments were made to make it a slightly better fit for today’s audience.
Seamless in injecting diversity
A racially diverse cast that doesn’t feel forced for the sake of being woke is something I truly appreciated. Show creator Chris Van Dusen reimagined the Bridgertons’ world with people of color having status and power. This was actually addressed by some of the characters, complete with its own narrative that fit — quite seamlessly — into the plot.
I’m pretty sure I speak for a lot of us who watched the show that this was something we welcomed. After all, this adjustment gave us Regé-Jean Page as lead character Simon Basset — the ‘Duke’ the book title refers to. The story revolves around the courtship between him and Bridgerton eldest daughter Daphne, played by Phoebe Dynevor.
*Spoilers are coming. You’ve been warned.*
It’s London in the early 1800s and Daphne has debuted into the marriage market. Despite rave reviews from their print-era version of Gossip Girl, Lady Whistledown, her prospects are looking pretty bleak. The Duke who doesn’t wish to marry to avoid fathering children finds himself in an agreement with Daphne that will make her more popular among potential suitors. And as for him, it will ward off determined mothers from foisting their marriageable daughters on him.
They pretend that they are courting and their ruse eventually leads them to develop feelings for each other. Surprise, surprise. And that’s where things get interesting. Despite the steamy adventures of eldest Bridgerton brother Anthony, things are a little slow during the first few episodes. The fun only starts to pick up midway into the series.
Expect to see Nicola Coughlan of Derry Girls fame as the daughter of Bridgerton neighbors, The Featheringtons. She plays Penelope who’s in love with Colin, one of Daphne’s brothers. I actually love her character and that of another Bridgerton sister — Eloise.
To see what happens to them, however, we’ll have to pray for more seasons of the show. This season is all about Daphne and the Duke of Hastings. I did enjoy the series, especially the parts where they tried to inject as much female empowerment that 1800s London can take. However, I still found some parts of it fell short.
Bridgerton: escapism but still a tad problematic
As a woman living in 2021, it was quite hard to relate to Daphne’s character who had her whole life pegged on marriage and having children. Sure, it’s the Regency era and women had limited options for a good life. So while these things should have been understandable, I felt horrible for Simon when she practically forced him to have children with her.
The act was much worse in the book but thankfully, Van Dusen made this part a tad bearable in the series. I have to admit, I lost much respect for Daphne after that. Without Page playing the Duke, I probably would have lost interest and hit fast forward just to find out who Lady Whistledown is.
At a time when there’s so much more to being a woman and consent is a major issue for both genders, I hope impressionable viewers won’t take Daphne for a role model. There’s always Eloise for this season. Pick her!
Bridgerton is fun, quite raunchy, and pretty exciting thanks to the mystery that is Lady Whistledown. I absolutely loved how cheeky she was.
It’s a visually appealing series with gorgeous sets and costumes in aesthetically pleasing color palettes. Well, except those worn by the Featheringtons. Oh, and did I mention Julie Andrews is the narrating voice of Lady Whistledown? That, in itself, is more than enough reason to grab that remote and give the series a try.
Catch the first season of Bridgerton on Netflix.
Netflix working on live-action Gundam movie
Helmed by the director of ‘Kong: Skull Island’
If you like movies featuring giant robots, you’re gonna like this latest development — Netflix, working with Legendary Pictures, is set to make a live-action Gundam movie.
The live-action Gundam movie will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts who also called the shots for Kong: Skull Island. Other than the fact that it’s happening and who’s directing it, there are no details yet. Clearly, the project is still in its very early stages. It’ll be curious to see which one from its wealth of source materials will the team behind the live-action film pull from.
Grab your Mobile suits! Jordan Vogt-Roberts has been set to direct and produce Legendary’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Sunrise’s GUNDAM for Netflix.
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) April 12, 2021
Legendary Pictures is the same company responsible for the Pacific Rim movie franchise as well as the “Monsterverse” movies featuring Godzilla and King Kong.
h/t: The Verge
Netflix unveils official casting for the Korean adaptation of ‘La Casa de Papel’
Featuring Korea’s top talents
A few full moons ago, we heard Netflix is about to release a Korean adaptation of the popular Spanish Original Series La Casa de Papel, also known as Money Heist. We even made hilarious suggestions on who’s going to perform the role of Arturito.
The Heist comes to Korea! Netflix announces the Korean adaptation of its Spanish original series #LaCasaDePapel 💸
And we all know who’d be the perfect Arturito 😅
But, no more guessing. Netflix has just announced the official casting for the Korean Original Series. The show will feature Korea’s top talents including Yoo Ji-Tae from The Swindlers as the Professor, Kim Yunjin from Seven Days, Ode to My Father as Seon Woojin, an inspector at Task Force Team. (Think: Raquel Murillo.)
The Korean adaptation of La Casa de Papel — which will launch globally as a Netflix Original Series — centers around members of the gang recruited by the Professor. It will be similar to the well-loved series, complete with hostages, and a Task Force Team tackling the heist.
More details are yet to come, but one thing is certain. The show’s creators will breathe new life into the familiar storyline to global audiences with 12 episodes. And we’re all aboard the hype train.
The Korean adaptation is directed by Kim Hong-Sun, written by Ryu Yong-jae, Kim Hwan-chae, and Choe Sung-jun. Meanwhile, BH Entertainment and Contents Zium serve as the production companies.
The official cast
Gang Members: Yoo Ji-tae (“The Professor”), Park Hae-soo (“Berlin”), Jeon Jong-seo (“Tokyo”), Lee Won-jong (“Moscow”), Kim Ji-hun (“Denver”), Jang Yoon-ju (“Nairobi”), Park Jung-woo (“Rio”), Kim Ji-hun (“Helsinki”), Lee Kyu-ho (“Oslo”)
Task Force Team: Kim Yunjin (“Seon Woojin”), Kim Sung-o (“Cha Moohyuk”)
Hostages: Park Myung-hoon (“Cho Youngmin”), Lee Joobeen (“Youn Misun”)
Netflix new anime features Record of Ragnarok, Resident Evil
And many more titles
Anime fans will have their fill as Netflix is serving a bountiful anime buffet in the following months. Staying true to their announcement at the all virtual AnimeJapan 2021 event months back, more titles are coming our way.
During the virtual stage event, Netflix announced the upcoming worldwide release of Record of Ragnarok (premiering June 2021), an anime adaptation of the hugely successful manga of the same name. The story about the epic fight for the fate of humanity will join an ever expanding slate of anime, including previously announced titles like the comedic, slice-of-life series The Way of the Househusband (premiering April 8, 2021) or the popular RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness (premiering later this year).
Here’s everything that’s coming soon that you should watch out for:
Record of Ragnarok
Global Premiere Date — June 2021
Record of Ragnarok is the story of 13 gods from across the globe and 13 of the world’s most notable humans fighting it out in one-on-one battles to decide the fate of humanity. Based on the manga created by Azychika, Shinya Umemura and Takumi Fukui, an earnest battle of transcendental rage begins!
- Based on a manga by Azychika, Shinya Umemura, Takumi Fukui
- Director: Masao Okubo
- Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
- Character Design: Masaki Sato
- Music: Koji Takanashi
- Animation Production: GRAPHINICA
- Voice Cast: Miyuki Sawashiro, Tomoyo Kurosawa, Tomokazu Seki, Hikaru Midorikawa, Wataru Takagi
Global Premiere Date — April 29, 2021
In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords.
- Director, Creator, Executive Producer: LeSean Thomas (Cannon Busters)
- Character Design: Takeshi Koike
- Music & Executive producer: Flying Lotus
- Animation Production: MAPPA
- Voice Cast (Yasuke) & Executive Producer: LaKeith Stanfield
Global Premiere Date — May 27, 2021
Thousands of years in the future, a city known as “Eden” is inhabited solely by Artificially Intelligent robots whose former masters vanished long ago. On a routine assignment, within the depths of the city, two maintenance robots accidentally awaken a human baby girl from stasis questioning all they were taught to believe– that humans were nothing more than a forbidden ancient myth. Together, the two robots secretly raise the child in a safe haven outside Eden.
- Director: Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
- Producer: Justin Leach
- Character design: Toshihiro Kawamoto
- Concept design: Christophe Ferreira
- Screenplay: Kimiko Ueno
- Background art director: Clover Xie
- Music: Kevin Penkin
- Animation Production: CGCG
The Way of the Househusband
Global Premiere Date — April 19, 2021
Feared among the yakuza as “The Immortal Dragon”, Tatsu is a legend of the underworld with an impressive number of defeated rival gangs under his belt. However, hoping to wash his hands of his past, Tatsu gets married and devotes himself fully to the way of the househusband by diligently undertaking the cooking, cleaning, washing and grocery shopping each day. On the other hand, there’s one person who’s not happy about Tatsu’s new domestic life — his tough, former yakuza underling, Masa. As Tatsu tries his best to pursue the way of the househusband, one assassin after another tries their hand at taking him out!
- Based on a story by Kosuke Oono
- Director: Chiaki Kon (Nodame Cantabile, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal)
- Series Composition: Susumu Yamakawa
- Theme Song performed by UchikubiGokumonDoukoukai
- Opening song, Shufu no michi / ending song, ”Kiwami”meoto kaido
- Animation Production: J.C.STAFF
- Cast: Kenjiro Tsuda, Shizuka Ito, Kazuyuki Okitsu
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness
Global Premiere Date — 2021
In 2006, there were traces of improper access to secret Presidential files found in the White House’s network. American federal agent Leon S. Kennedy is among the group invited to the White House to investigate this incident, but when the lights suddenly go out, Leon and the SWAT team are forced to take down a horde of mysterious zombies. Meanwhile, TerraSave staff member Claire Redfield encounters a mysterious image drawn by a youth in a country she visited, while providing support to refugees. Haunted by this drawing, which appears to be of a victim of viral infection, Claire starts her own investigation. The next morning, Claire visits the White House to request the construction of a welfare facility. There, she has a chance reunion with Leon and uses the opportunity to show him the boy’s drawing. Leon seems to realize some sort of connection between the zombie outbreak at the White House and the strange drawing, but he tells Claire that there is no relation and leaves. In time, these two zombie outbreaks in distant countries lead to events that shake the nation to its very core.
- Original Work/Production/Supervision: Capcom Co., Ltd.
- Full 3DCG animation production: Quebico
- Production: TMS Entertainment
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