Accident units up the scorching nervousness of ‘Beef’

Ali Wong and Steven Yeun in “Beef”… an obsessive, vindictive and neurotic duo who go additional and additional of their makes an attempt to damage one another’s lives.

In an age the place there’s an infinite variety of TV reveals to select from, there’s nothing higher than one which cuts the fats. That’s precisely what “Beef” does, says “Streaming” columnist NICK OVERALL

A NEW Netflix collection, “Beef” it will get its plot into gear within the opening minutes and refuses to gradual it down.

Nick General.

Made up of 10 episodes that run at a swift half-hour(ish) apiece, “Beef” tells an amusing and anxiety-inducing story of two strangers whose lives intertwine and subsequently plunge into chaos after a road-rage incident at their native ironmongery shop.

It’s a cynical, sliding-doors second, an opportunity encounter that, moderately than being romanticised like they so typically are, modifications these characters’ lives for the more severe and endlessly. An unbelievable however undoubtedly attainable coincidence that’s moderately scary when one thinks an excessive amount of about it.

If the premise sounds odd, that’s as a result of it most actually is. 

The present comes from manufacturing studio A24, which was additionally behind this 12 months’s bizarrely sensible finest image winner “All the things, In every single place All At As soon as” (streamable on Binge).

The unusual setup of “Beef” wouldn’t work with out two very stable performances holding all of it collectively,

A kind of comes from Steven Yeun, finest referred to as fan-favourite Glen in “The Strolling Useless”, whereas the opposite is from Ali Wong, well-known for the 2019 Netflix rom-com “At all times Be My Perhaps”.

In each of their most well-known roles these actors play likeable varieties, however in “Beef” they’re the other. An obsessive, vindictive and neurotic duo who go additional and additional of their makes an attempt to damage one another’s lives, all escalating from that first tiff in a parking lot.

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What retains the tempo kicking alongside so effectively is the fixed forwards and backwards between these two characters. One is barely ever on display screen for a couple of minutes earlier than the digicam cuts again to the opposite, a sly methodology of protecting issues contemporary.

Who’re we rooting for? You by no means actually know, however it’s no much less fulfilling watching these two turn out to be mortal enemies.


PRODUCERS run a danger setting a narrative on this planet of academia.

When accomplished effectively, we are able to get classics equivalent to “Good Will Looking”, however it’s additionally straightforward for the setting to fall into dreary territory.

Enter “Fortunate Hank”, a brand new comedy drama that ensconces itself on this planet of faculty life, telling the story of an English professor struggling a midlife disaster. 

On the similar time his spouse Lily additionally begins to query her profession selections, having taken up a place because the vice principal of the native highschool.

Based mostly on the Pulitzer prize-winning ebook “Straight Man”, this new collection on Stan was impressed by writer Richard Russo’s personal school educating profession, promising an genuine and amusing have a look at the world of training.

So does the present fall into that uncommon sub-genre of tales about faculty that may entertain? Sadly, not.

The one factor giving “Fortunate Hank” an inch of hype is its lead Bob Odenkirk, who’s well-known for taking part in the slimy lawyer in “Breaking Dangerous” and its spin-off “Higher Name Saul” (the latter of which this columnist pronounced as one of the best tv collection of final 12 months).

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This new present starring Odenkirk tries with all its may to money in on the hype of “Saul” and, admittedly, it was sufficient to rope me in to offer it a attempt. 

Don’t get me flawed, Odenkirk’s efficiency right here is dedicated and finely crafted, as is the cinematography, manufacturing worth and all that movie jargon hoo-ha, however the story of “Fortunate Hank” is so esoteric that it’s going to solely attraction to a really small viewers. That method may go on this planet of books however not on this planet of tv, and positively not on this planet of streaming. 

I needed to love “Fortunate Hank” however sadly it had me feeling like I used to be nodding off in school once more.

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Ian Meikle, editor