Staff Pick

by | Mar 24, 2021 | 0 comments

Normal People (2020)

This adaptation from Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel is one of the best romances put to screen in recent years. Taking on a more visual than verbal approach, Normal People (2021) slowly seeps into your heart so that by the end of each episode it is hard to not click on “Next.”

Normal People follows the in-and-out relationship of Connell (Paul Mescal) and Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) from their first meeting as opposite ends of the social spectrum in highschool to their university days in Dublin, and beyond. 

The series is adapted by Rooney herself and Alice Birch, and most of the episodes are directed by Oscar-nominated Lenny Abrahamson (Room (2015)). The collaboration does a brilliant job at bringing Rooney’s vivid imagery to the screen along with the calm and transparent prose. The episodes are brilliantly broken up and structured in a way that makes a binge-viewing one of only ways to consume the series.

Normal People is also spear-headed by a fantastic duo of breakout performances. Both Mescal and Edgar-Jones are magnetic on screen with a fantastic chemistry that relies in little more than glances and sighs. Both take on the classic repressed romantic character, but bring about very different and winning interpretations each. 

In the wake of the newest Sally Rooney adaptation arriving to screens, also directed by Abrahamson (Conversations with Friends (2022)), it is worth the while to jump back into the heart-wrenching story of Connell and Marianne. 

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