It’s easy to dismiss some Netflix productions that seem cut from the same algorithmic pattern and mass-produced to put in related next to the latest big hit in a certain style or genre. It also happens with many of his adolescent productions, or with those of the fantastic genre, where it is difficult to discern the wheat from the chaff.
The sheer accumulation of details that has been tested to work clearly seeks that “you’ll like it if you like X” effect, but it takes away from the brightness and interest. from time to time he comes out a surprise that seems cut from the same cloth, but leaves behind a really solid story and recounted with pleasure that goes beyond mediocrity. It is the case of ‘this shit is beyond me‘, a fresh proposal of adolescence and superpowers that we can see on Netflix.
When you just want to explode
The seven episodes of the series, each lasting less than half an hour, introduce us to the perspective of a teenage girl, played by sophia lillis -one of the revelations of the first ‘It’-, with problems to adapt to the institute, to family responsibilities, to his puberty and sexual awakening… to some strange superpowers he seems to be developing.
The miniseries comes from the hand of Jonathan Entwistle, expert in dealing with problematic and maladjusted teenagers with ‘The End of the F***ing World’. The British adapts, as in his previous series, a series of comics from charles forsmanof which takes its most irreverent aspects but also the most empathic with the emotional movement that is the adolescent period.
Although there are many aspects that share ground with other productions of these clubs on the platform, Entwistle manages to give a special charisma through several distinguishable aesthetic decisionsa balanced administration of the story through the episodes and a very striking musical selection as well as well selected to enhance what is being told.
‘This shit is beyond me’: Sick of this brown
The story is also very effective, not dodging any of the bullshit of adolescence, which are realistic even if they are amplified through the supernatural. To anchor all this drama, the presence of Sophia Lillis herself is essential, who plays the protagonist with poise, charisma and also enough charm to make it easy to empathize.
The series manages to be irreverent and a bit rogue, without ending up being burdensome. ‘This shit is beyond me’ dodge the algorithmic trends to give a series of episodes the sea of nice and fresh, being one of the best adolescent works that we have received recently. And perhaps also one of the most outstanding of the entire catalog of the platform.