A new South Korean series triumphs on Netflix. We’ve already seen The Squid Game and we bring you our verdict on this dramatic survival battle royale theme.
Now, Netflix proposes us to revive children’s games, but with a macabre and dramatic twist for the losers, with The Squid Game, the new Korean series that is sweeping the platform.
We are talking about the typical series that arrives without making much noise and that suddenly becomes a phenomenon when it reaches the type of public that moves thanks to word of mouth. In fact, it is what finally led us to make our review.
So brace yourselves and prepare to survive six childhood games with our critique of the Nine episodes of The Squid Game (Squid Game).
ONE LAST CHANCE
Let’s review a little the premise of The Squid Game, which does not have too much mystery. The story follows Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), an outcast who lives badly with his mother and who has so many debts that he is unable to face them, and they grow more every day.
His luck seems to change when he is invited to win money playing against a man, who later offers to join a much larger game.
Seong Gi-hun and hundreds of contenders They will end up in a complex isolated from the world where they will have to compete, alone or as a team, in six children’s games, such as the tug of war, the English hiding place (which they call it red light, green light), marbles, etc.
The winner of the 456 contestants will win billions of won (Korean currency) as a prize. The losers? A bullet and a free cremation. Seong Gi-hun gambles on life, but if he wins he could have it fixed forever.
COMBINING FORMULAS FOR SUCCESS
Saving the distances, the Squid Game evokes a recent Japanese series entitled Alice in borderland, especially because of the sadism faced by the “losers”.
But this battle royale Korean picks up elements that also remind us of Fall Guys, in fact some call it Fall Guys with blood.
In addition, the series also takes elements of science fiction films such as The island (the Michael Bay tape) and The Hunger Games and mixes them in a cocktail shaker with a bit of a crime thriller that accompanies a subplot and all that drama that characterizes Korean series.
In fact, the drama sometimes is perhaps too much, causing some episodes to be extended in excess and showing that fate has it sworn to the protagonists. The script also features some conveniences that, although we accepted without making everything squeak too much, perhaps they could have been solved in a more plausible way.
One of the “buts” that we put to The Squid Game is the dubbing, something that usually happens to us in live action productions from Asian countries due to the problem of convincing lip synchronization.
It’s a shame, because the cast of voice actors and actresses leave their skin in their work, but it costs a lot to be completely “nickel-plated” when seeing the interpretations of the original actors.
A STORY THAT CATCHES
The simplicity of the premise of The Squid Game might seem a small thing, although obviously little by little a much bigger cake is uncovered that we will not talk about so as not to incur spoilers.
There are a couple of sections in which the series hits a small slowdown to focus on providing background to the characters, especially in the second episode, which perhaps would have worked better as the third or fourth episode of the season. The end of the season, although it fulfills a very specific function, it also seems somewhat extensive.
Production design and photography are highly accomplished, emulating the “game rooms” with that macabre touch of the guardians and judges of these games so bloody as well as nostalgic. And is that the technique of hiding the villains behind masks can be somewhat trite, but hell … it works just as well as the first day.
As we say, there is much more than what we mentioned in the review. The squid game hides secrets that will not be revealed until the end, although the most common of Asian productions in general, and Korean in particular, may hunt them before.
It is a very interesting series, especially for those who like this survival roll in a battle royale game where your own teammates can play it at all times. It is not something type Among Us, but it makes coexistence seen in a very different way.
So give it a try if you want to The Squid Game on Netflix, and decide if luck will be on the part of the series to continue with more seasons.
A series that takes elements that have worked in other productions and combines them in a very convincing way to offer a simple but forceful story, with a moral message in the background. There are some pacing issues, but it makes up for them with its game scenes.
Its simple and functional production design and the depth it brings to many of its main characters. His surprises in the plot.
Some slow paces and the classic Asian live action dubbing problem when it comes to lip syncing.