Netflix is changing the game of movies. The streaming service has been doing extraordinarily well in recent years but since they started producing their own series and movies, they are taking the whole entertainment industry to a new level and redefining what is considered a top tier feature film or series. One of their most talked about series was last year’s 13 Reasons Why, which is now available on DVD.
Teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) has had a crush on classmate Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) for a long time. When Hannah commits suicide, Clay is crushed and his entire school is shook. But when Clay discovers a mysterious box with his name on it containing a pile of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah detailing the 13 reasons why she decided to end her life, Clay starts to unravel secrets of Hannah’s, of his school, his friends and even changes thing he thought he knew about his own life.
13 Reasons Why blew me away and is now one of my favorite series of all time. Not only does it tackle a very touchy subject – suicide – but it does it intelligently, with tack and with real emotional integrity. It never reduces itself to something overly sympathetic or whiney, nor does it condemn or demonize the subject matter. It handles it in a wonderfully complex way and presents the story unfolding as a mystery, as something the character of Clay must find his way through if he is to move on with his life. Which brings us to the phenomenal cast. Dylan Minnette is a vastly underrated actor who has yet to really achieve the recognition his work thus far deserves. In 13 Reasons Why he plays Clay as a truly complicated and multi layered person. And he plays it with an authenticity that is hypnotic. Katherine Langford is equally powerful as the subject of Clay’s mystery. She brings a relatablility to Hannah and as with Minnette’s performance, makes it multilayered and authentic. The entire supporting cast take his lead and make this a truly unique and exceptional series. It can be funny, deeply saddening, mysterious and is a series that literally defines binge worthy. Do yourself a favor and check out 13 Reasons Why, it ranks among the best season of television I have ever seen and is highly recommended.