The overwhelming worries in a world of wellness
Streaming columnist NICK OVERALL says “Wellmania” isn’t must-watch TV, however it’s actually watchable TV.
“I’M properly, thanks.” It’s a phrase heard virtually day by day, however what really makes somebody “properly”?
That’s the query on the centre of Netflix’s latest Aussie comedy sequence “Wellmania”, a tongue-in-cheek take a look at the world of well being traits and the extremes folks go to attain it.
Aussie comic Celeste Barber is behind this sequence damaged up into eight, 30-minute episodes all now out there to stream. She performs Liv Healy, a chaotic meals journalist with a live-fast, die-young perspective.
“What’s the purpose for those who’re not making the f—-ng most of it each second?” she asks a one-night stand within the present’s opening minutes.
However that ethic is quickly thrown into disarray after she suffers a serious well being disaster, one extreme sufficient to make her rethink her lifestyle. In response she goes on the last word cleanse – dipping her toes in virtually each ridiculous wellness pattern with a view to get her ldl cholesterol and blood stress down. Whether or not it’s fasting, cupping and even drug taking, this journey to attain a “balanced life-style” solely will get extra ludicrous because the present goes on.
“Wellmania” isn’t must-watch TV, however it’s actually watchable TV.
Barber has been across the Aussie TV scene for some time, however rose to worldwide fame after a sequence of Instagram posts the place she mocked celebrities and their ostentatious social media forays.
Whether or not it was Girl Gaga or Kendall Jenner posing half bare in all kinds of bizarre and unrealistic angles, Barber, a middle-aged mom, recreated their posts on her personal account to hilarious impact, exhibiting simply how unrealistic and absurd the age of Instagram is.
The posts went viral and have since clocked Barber up virtually 10 million followers.
She’s now taken that model of comedy and turned it into her new present for Netflix – the producers well clueing in to how a lot her posts resonated with folks around the globe.
“Wellmania” pokes enjoyable on the absurd lengths center, upper-class ladies will go to with a view to obtain “wellness” and is a cruel takedown of millennials.
“My canine wants her epilepsy capsules”, says one of many glammed-up influencers within the present’s opening episode.
Set in Sydney, it’s raced to Netflix’s prime 10 hottest exhibits in Australia. How far it’s going to go in attracting audiences from abroad would be the actual check but it surely’s refreshing to see extra of downunder within the Netflix feed.
ON first blush, a film about falling blocks may not sound all that thrilling however by some means the most recent movie to hit Apple TV+ has pulled off simply that.
This month they’ve introduced subscribers “Tetris”, a biopic concerning the man who created one of the crucial well-known and addictive video video games of all time.
Initially recognizing “Tetris” on my feed, it appeared like a “they’ll-make-a-movie-about-anything” sort affair however I discovered myself captivated by this surprisingly intriguing true story.
Taron Egerton of “Rocketman” and “Kingsman” fame performs Henk Rogers, an bold enterprise mogul who dangers all of it to get “Tetris” out of Russia, its nation of origin, and to the remainder of the world.
Seems he wasn’t the one one to assume he was on to the following massive factor. The movie particulars his battle towards media tycoons and the Soviet Union with a view to safe the rights to the sport. Who thought a movie about “Tetris” might embody automobile chases, espionage, and secret offers?
The film is actually leaping on the pattern of nostalgia, significantly for the ‘80s à la “Stranger Issues”, however the product right here is greater than compelling sufficient to justify its existence as a two-hour watch. It seems the story of “Tetris” proves as pacey and satisfying as the sport it’s named after.
It appears to be the beginning of a wider pattern to make motion pictures about fashionable manufacturers. Arising this 12 months are additionally biopics about “Nike”, “Blackberry” and even “Cheetos”.
“Tetris” could also be a winner, however I can’t assist however really feel Hollywood is getting somewhat carried away right here. Subsequent factor you already know there’ll be a Product Placement Cinematic Universe hitting cinemas.
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Ian Meikle, editor