Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Movie Review: ‘Squid Game’ Is A Dystopian K-Drama That Is Highly Relatable

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One series that has been the talk of the town, and has had a lot of traction with people mimicking their gestures, acts, costumes, and songs is the South Korean series titled Squid Game.
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The survival drama revolves around a contest where 456 players in deep financial debt put their lives at risk to play a series of children’s games, for the chance to win 45.6 billion Korean Won. The entire composition of this series has garnered a lot of attention, that it has become the biggest Netflix series at its launch. Squid Game features some A-list Korean actors such as Lee Jung-jae, Ho-yeon, Hoe Sung-tae, Gung Yoo, and more. The series show 456 players who voluntarily accepted to play a series of children’s game of six rounds which are; Red Light, Green Light, Honeycomb/Dalgano Candy, Marbles, Tug Of War, Glass Bridge, and The Squid Game; in order to win the cash prize by paying off their financial woes. At first, the game seems simple, but the players are not prepared for what happens when they get eliminated.
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Firstly, the storyline is like no other. The outcome of the first game is unexpected, and just as the players in the series are shocked and sick to their stomachs, that same feeling transcends to the audience, who are watching the series.
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Squid Game has a powerful storyline, that calls for proper attention, in order to not miss a single detail, from the beginning to the end. One thing that stands out in this series is the fact that, when they say elimination, something pretty much deeper than elimination. Now moving on to the cast, there couldn’t have been a more perfect cast. K-dramas are known for one major thing, and that is always using the right cast in order to get the perfect portrayal of the given role. But one person whose role was remarkable was Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), his character showed that not everybody will be faced with a bad situation, and choose to do badly in order to come out of that situation. Yes, he was called a simpleton by  Cho Sang-woo (Park Hae-Soo) but it only highlighted the folly of having so much accomplishment, only to end up in the same space and doing the same thing with someone you call a simpleton, and this was the typical case of Cho Sang-woo. Another outstanding character was that of Han Mi-nyeo (Kim Joo-ryoung).
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She was looked at as the crazy one, but definitely, has grits, especially where we saw her see her promise through, and fell to her death, taking with her as Jang Deok-su (Heo Sung-tae).Indeed hell hath no fury like a woman’s scorn. We can’t but mention Kang Sae-byeok (Jung Ho-yeon). My God, she ate up her role as the perfect stone heart, who had her eyes on the prize. She was able to balance having a good heart, but showing that she doesn’t trust anyone. One relatable factor about the Squid Game is the money factor. The fact that most people in society today will do any and everything to have money and make money, in order to survive or help a loved one. Another relatable factor is how the VIPs, who represented the rich laughed while people died in the game. The cast was perfect as was the costume. The beauty and focus which was the game itself was not drowned out by the costumes as with most movies. This costume was apt. The fact that they maintained one costume from beginning to end made perfect sense. From the players to the soldiers to the frontman, everything was on point.
squid gameSquid Game played a lot with imagery and detailing, for someone who doesn’t pay attention to details, this series might be a little difficult to understand. Also, there was the presence of gory scenes which was just dope. An intriguing part of Squid Game was the special effect makeup. The blood splashes, the body parts are shown, all actually looked real. Of course, we didn’t expect less because when it comes to SFX, the foreign world has definitely gone far. The musicality, was on point, in fact, that is something that has become a favorite of many, especially the Red Light Green Light song, (lol). Every game depicted difficult situations in life, and how people survive or don’t survive them. Most of the time, people do things because of the situation, the space that they find themselves not necessarily because they want to, but Squid Game showed that irrespective of where you find yourself, who has a good heart has a good heart, and who will change from good to bad or bad to good, will change. The cinematography and photography were so sleek and seamless. The blend was perfect. The storyline and depiction of the Squid Game are the two major factors that make it stand. Its relatability garners it love from around the world.
Final Thoughts
Squid Game is not the everyday K-drama, but it takes k-drama to a whole new level. The twist and turns of this series are worth commending, as it surely was not an easy feat to achieve. Squid Game gets an 8/10, it would have gotten a 9, but we all await a season 2 and hope that they raise the bar higher, just like they have in the first season.
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