Netflix’s latest original Maniac is as experimental in its storytelling as it is in its craziness. An adaptation of the Norwegian series of the same name, it follows an aimless and guilt-ridden Annie Landsberg and a rich, down on confidence and delusional Owen Milgrim who both end up volunteering as test subjects for a new drug experiment at a pharmaceutical company headed by Dr. Muramoto in association with Azumi Fujitsa. Things go unexpectedly wrong and Justin Thereux’s James Mantleray is brought in to oversee the remaining operation although the lines between fantasy and reality begin blurring.
The show’s unique nature towards storytelling makes for some intriguing plot development even though it’s not the most briskly paced of all shows. The narrative goes all over the place at times and the writers are too caught up in having fun with creating highly detailed alter-universes to the extent that focus on the real-world plot is often lost. Even so, the avant garde cinematography, highly addictive music and excellent performances by Emma Stone and Jonah Hill shine under the fine direction of Cary Joji Fukunaga resulting in a show that’s at least worth a one time watch, if not something to devour time and again.
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Overall Season 1 Score: 7.5 out of 10.0
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