Season 1 (2019)

by Film Notions

Visually stunning. Complex characters. Important viewing. HBO’s new teen show for adults was not on my radar at all, but after seeing quite a bit of Instagram Hype, I thought I would give it a go. Now, I saw similar hype for 13 Reasons Why, which I was not a fan of. Just not my kind of show. So I went into Euphoria timidly. To my delight, the hype was real.

Euphoria is a teen drama, but I would recommend it to anyone. I’m sure the millennials will get a whole lot more from it, but as a Xenniel, I was fascinated. It is an eye opener to see how tech has changed the way we grow up.

Performance-wise, in the HBO style we are accustomed to, everyone is cast perfectly and it’s brilliantly acted. Zendaya gives her best performance to date, and is definitely one to watch for the future. The cast is full of fresh faces with the exception of a few like Eric Dane, Sydney Sweeney and Austin Abrams. As I say, everyone is great, but there are a couple of standouts to mention. The obvious is Hunter Schafer in her breakout role as Jules. She is electric! Barbie Ferreira as Kat is lustrous! A little mention to Angus Cloud, Fesco the drug dealer. This is his first on-screen performance, and I can’t help but think we will see him again. He has an amazing on-screen presence.

Euphoria is filled with complex and intriguing characters, brilliant performances, stunning cinematography and extremely important and pertinent issues.

Give it your attention. It won’t disappoint.