[Review] Is Netflix’s Cursed series a sword in the water?
Before Arthur, there was Nimue. The new Netflix series chooses to explore Don’t Breathe 2 the past of Lady of the Lake and the history of Excalibur. Be damned puts Katherine Langford at center stage, in an ambitious reinterpretation of the Arthurian legend. Did the first season work wonders?
The Arthurian legend will inspire many directors and screenwriters. From the movie Excalibur to the Disney cartoon Merlin The Enchanter to the disappointing Camelot series with Eva Green, the adaptations are numerous. While waiting for the long-awaited Alexandre Astier trilogy, fans of the Breton legend Free Guy can already find Cursed on Netflix. This ambitious reinterpretation of the history of the women of the lake follows Nimue, a young woman from the Fae people who is given the most difficult task. After the destruction of his village by the Red Paladins, fanatics of one god, he must find the wizard Merlin to entrust him with Excalibur.
Along the way, she meets Arthur, who will help Ladda Land her pursue her goals. Rejected by everyone, Nimue is about to make a strange discovery about her past and about the sword she must give to Merlin. Now a Wolfblood Witch, she is now the only hope of her people.
The introduction Pacific Rim is tiresome and too childish for an amateur audience of the genre. Netflix is again targeting its series at young adults, its core target audience. The series, which however chooses to focus on religious excesses and the journey to adulthood, struggles to find its cruising speed. The first few episodes don’t do justice to the rest of the series, which gains depth in its final minutes.
The slow pace of the introduction is quickly erased to give way to sometimes rushed intrigue. Nimue goes from a hated outcast to a heroic figure in the blink of an eye, leaving viewers unable to get an effective treatment of his character at the same time. What formed into a compelling origin story quickly transitioned into Girl In The Basement the introduction of a larger plot. However, in the middle of the series, we get caught up in the game and we get excited about the fate of the horde of characters from the Cursed. Adapted from the eponymous graphic novels by Frank Miller (Sin City and 300) and Thomas Wheeler, Cursed is an effective medieval mural that, without reinventing the genre, can find a place of pride on Netflix alongside The Witcher.
In addition, the universe of the series is reminiscent Hocus Pocus of the adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels. The Witch making bets doesn’t always take herself seriously and that’s undoubtedly what the Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler series lack. Still, with the original duo in charge of the novels, our expectations were high.
It’s worth noting all the same that certain narrative arcs are well exploited, such as Emily Coates’ embodied character. However, certain other Sub khu ku lok intrigues are relegated to the background, while we burn to know more, just as the weeping monk, whose mere mention of his name convinces us. We can still comfort ourselves by saying that this series will definitely have a sequel and the characters could play a central role in the rest of the plot.
Merlin, the coward
To embody this legendary figure, Netflix called on Gustaf Skarsgard. The name of this actor is also familiar to Viking fans who have seen him on Floki’s skin. Here, he trains Merlin far from Sin Sisters the best, who prefers to practice elbow lifts over magic. Kind of Jack Sparrow late in his career in the first half of the story, the actor gains intensity in the rest of the series. He also gave an answer to the actor he met on the set of Westworld, Peter Mullan. After playing James Delos in the series Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the actor became a monk in Cursed.
Bewitching, he positioned himself as a strong antagonist. The rest of the cast is also not left behind, starting with Emily Coates, who plays a kind sister who is far from showing The Meg any Christian love. On the other hand, it’s worth noting that in the first half of the series, Katherine Langford (13 reasons why) was far from convincing in the role of Nimue, but she made up for it in the final episode. This series has at least the benefit of dispelling legend and breaking free from classic patterns. Arthur, played by Devon Terrell, is not the fearless and flawless heroic figure we’ve come to know and is refreshing enough to underline it.
Thanks to its efficient photography and precise fight Mean Street Blue choreography, Cursed wins the bet and offers great entertainmentg success that will please fans of this genre.
Game of Thrones will leave a void for fantasy fans on the small screen, but Cursed will definitely not sit down as a worthy heir to the HBO series. While waiting for season 2 of The Witcher, Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings and especially the Kaamelott trilogy, Cursed is a beautiful journey filled with feminism in an enchanted universe.