Zoë Kravitz takes the helm of this modern adaptation of the bestselling novel and cult film.
“High Fidelity”, a bestselling novel written by Nick Hornby in 1995 and a cult 2000 film starring John Cusack, returns for its latest iteration on Hulu. The 10-episode series released on February 14, and features an updated, genre-inverted version of this well-known and beloved storyline.
The plot is that of an engagement obsessed and engagement obsessed record store owner named Rob (Zoë Kravitz) who is obsessed with music, popular culture and the past. She recounts her “Top 5 Most Memorable Sorrows of All Time,” teaching us valuable lessons on how to create the perfect mix-tape. The show also features a great use of breaking the fourth wall to deliver intimate, compelling thoughts that not only get us to know Rob better, but make us yearn to be her.
This rendition sees a more updated and relevant version than the previous film, with Kravitz being a female, mixed race, and bisexual protagonist. The record store is now based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and the supporting cast is full of life, quirk, and character. Now Rob’s college and best friends are Cherise, a black woman who wants to make music, and Simon, an ex-lover of Rob who turns out to be gay while they are dating. The music for the show’s soundtrack and the tracks discussed is updated – now it not only deals with influences from Bowie, Prince and Fleetwood Mac, but also OutKast, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin and Frank Ocean. All of these factors update the previously male-dominated plot and musical space.
Kravtiz plays Rob well. She is able to use her own lifestyle to perfectly express the cool-girl aesthetic that Rob portrays on screen. From the use of Rob’s clothes, drinking pure whiskey, smoking cigarettes and marijuana, his apartment full of records, his tattoos, and his cold yet calculated demeanor, Kravitz is able to present the music lover. effortless cool that is crisp and dry but also self-centered and lonely.
The purpose of the show is to reveal Rob’s state of collapse due to his broken heart following the breakdown of his engagement a year ago. We see Rob attempting several relationships over the course of the ten episodes, starting with Clyde (Jake Lace), the almost boyfriend who is far too kind for Rob to treat him properly. Next comes the character of Thomas Doherty (played by Kravitz’s mother in the 2000 iteration), a young musician Rob falls in love with. However, nothing can fill the void in the relationship she had lost. The first half of the show focuses on Rob’s “Top 5 Most Memorable Heartbreaks of All Time,” which lays the groundwork for why she’s so damaged and selfish. However, the show is able to explore more plot points from the original novel than the movie version ever did. We not only see these different relationships, but also how they made Rob what she is today.
There’s a funny story about Rob being given a priceless record collection from an Upper East Side artist determined to upset her husband for just $ 20, which says a lot about Rob’s conscience. . This leads to Rob and Clyde trying to find the husband only to be worse than they imagined, portraying a pivotal scene for the show as a whole. This subplot was lost in the film version, but is vital both in the novel, as it allows us to see Rob as a better human being. In the TV series, this subplot is essential because it challenges the ability of women not only to know about music, but also to have opinions that are worth hearing. This is something Rob has to prove, leading to an impeccable array of musical knowledge. However, it’s important to remember that this is a modern take in which Kravitz re-imagines a male-oriented story, rather than presenting a completely new story that explores women and their relationship to grief. and the music. As the show states, “It’s so badass for you not only to occupy but also to own such a historically masculine space.”
The second half of the show explores why Rob can’t engage with those who care about her most and how she gets so involved. She is unable to remember what is going on with her friends, feels sorry for herself and becomes obsessed when her ex-fiancée returns to the neighborhood with a new partner. This model is starting to wear out a bit thin. As a viewer who has watched all ten episodes in quick succession, you start to be disappointed with Rob’s selfish behavior and inability to consider anyone other than herself. Although the series does offer signs of self-improvement for Rob, as she learns to accept her grief and realizes that her selfish actions have pushed people away and that she needs to recover. It’s easy to feel for Rob and want her to take charge of her life so that she can afford the chance to find love again.
Overall, Hulu’s “High Fidelity” is a great take on both the 1995 book and the 2000 movie. It nicely updates the old version for a more open-minded modern interpretation without losing anything. the claim that made him so iconic in the first place.
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