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Review: Netflix’s Sweet Tooth (2021)

Sweet Tooth is a Netflix original series adapted from the comic book of the same name by Jeff Lemire. It is about Gus, a hybrid boy (half deer and half human) in search of his Mom in a world ravaged by a virus with no known cure.

CHRISTIAN CONVERY as GUS in episode 107 of SWEET TOOTH Cr. KIRSTY GRIFFIN/NETFLIX © 2021

I seldom watch series anymore because I find them too taxing at times, or they start really good but then they’ll end up messing it up somewhere. Sweet Tooth, fortunately did not suffer from that.

Now, the premise is obviously quite ‘interesting’ to say the least, since we are still in the midst of a global pandemic but somehow the tone of the series feels hopeful. It is very enlightening in a way which I will be discussing shortly.

Gus, wonderfully played by Christion Convery is in a adventure with people he met along the way revealing not only his point of view of the outside world, but effect he has on people.

STEFANIA LAVIE OWEN as BECKY, CHRISTIAN CONVERY as GUS and NONSO ANOZIE as TOMMY JEPPERD in episode 105 of SWEET TOOTH Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

There are a lot realizations of the characters here and it’s so cool that we’re able to see those perspectives. I particularly loved Bear’s character played by Stefania LaVie Owen. Bear is the leader of the Animal Army whose mission is to save the Hybrids. Her idea of the Hybrids healing the planet is a quite interesting point of discussion saying that the humans are destroying the planet and the Hybrids are some sort of part of an evolution that would become a catalyst for change, healing that is. This I find interesting because it feels like with the Covid19 we’re experiencing now, there are people like Bear who thinks that this is nature doing some cleansing which for the record, I find disgusting if you put it in that context because these are real people we are talking about. People dying, with loved ones, friends, and people with dreams and aspirations.

ANIMAL ARMY MEMBER, STEFANIA LAVIE OWEN as BECKY, MIA ARTEMIS as TIGER and ANIMAL ARMY MEMBER in episode 103 of SWEET TOOTH Cr. KIRSTY GRIFFIN/NETFLIX © 2021

Going back to the show lol, not only it is for adults, it is definitely for the whole family. The setting was in the US, but it was shot in some of the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand due to Covid. CGI were used for the characters and locations but the flow of the story itself is really good that one would barely notice those things. It is absolutely a feast for the eyes. One thing is for sure – budget is not an issue here and it shows. I mean, Robert Downey and wife Susan are the producers so, no problem in that department.

Overall, this series is definitely worth investing your time as it has a very satisfying run and with its ending making you yearn for more.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Cast: Nonso Anozie, Christian Convery, Adeel Akhtar, Stefania LaVie Owen, Dania Ramirez, Aliza Vellani, James Brolin, Will Forte, Sarah Peirse, Neil Sandilands, Naledi Murray, Amy Seimetz

Sweet Tooth is now streaming on Netflix.

Review: Netflix’s La Casa de Las Flores (The House of Flowers) Season 1

La Casa de Las Flores (The House of Flowers) is one of the latest original Netflix series offerings – a telenovela set in Mexico City which follows the lives of the de la Mora family members and their web of dramas that started when Roberta committed suicide by hanging herself inside the House of Flowers.

First, just who the heck is Roberta? At the pilot episode, it was revealed that she’s the mistress of the head of the family (Ernesto de la Mora played by Arturo Rios) whose lies he’d kept for years started catching up on him. The story is also conveniently narrated by Roberta herself, ala Desperate Housewives.

La Casa was marketed as a dramedy series with a twist. Yes, there are a lot of twists in it – mostly predictable twists. What it lacks, though in originality, it makes up for its charming cast and diverse characterizations.

There’s Virginia de la Mora (Verónica Castro) whose world turned upside down upon learning about the deceit of her husband and eldest daughter, her middle child’s black boyfriend and her youngest son’s homosexuality. It’s a full buffet for Virginia but as the ‘real’ patriarch of the de la Mora family, she’d make sure that no-one and nothing in the world would ever break them as a family.

Then there’s the eldest de la Mora sibling Paulina (Cecilia Suárez). Paulina cracks me up like no other with her accent. She’s the character that you’d either hate or love because she’s a total nutjob and a total badass too!

Elena (Aislinn Derbez), the middle child meanwhile came home to Mexico from taking her masters in New York to announce her engagement with her black boyfriend Dominique. Elena just seemed like the bimbo of the series until she found herself in a sticky situation with her almost half-brother Claudio (Lucas Velazquez). Claudio’s character creeps me out a bit, tbh.

And speaking of bimbo – we’ve the youngest, the unico hijo of the de la Mora familia cum fickle minded, bum-fuckboy but definitely super adorable Julian (Dario Yazbek Bernal). Julian is the sunshine of this series. He’s annoyingly charming and adorably frustrating. Add to the fact that he’s in the closet, has a sexual relationship with a girl and is in a secret relationship with their family’s financial advisor, Diego played by the tall, dark and handsome Juan Pablo Medina. Julian and Diego’s subplot seems to be winning the internet with their power couple good looks and Julian’s puppy-like persona in the series.

The show is definitely a step forward and a mostly unique subplot from the usual telenovelas we’re used to as the show embraces diversity like no other. It may sound a tad campy but it’s actually hella entertaining. Its humor isn’t slapstick nor subtle but it’s there glaring from each characters’ story arc. If you’re looking for something stress-free amidst the political mind-game online and on TV (who still watches TV?), then this show is definitely your best option.

Creator: Manolo Caro
Cast: Verónica Castro, Cecilia Suárez, Aislinn Derbez, Dario Yazbek Bernal, Sheryl Rubio, Paco León, Juan Pablo Medina, Arturo Ríos, Claudette Maille, Lucas Velazquez, Sawandi Wilson, Sofía Sisniega, Luis de la Rosa, David Ostrosky, Natasha Dupeyrón, Alexa de Landa