We extract the information for you…Glow, a feminist anthology from the creators of Glow

With an amazing cast, Roar is a strange and intriguing experience, despite being erratic during episodes.

What is roar? A woman who eats photographs (Nicole Kidman), a woman who becomes invisible as she confronts everyday racism (Issa Ray), a woman whose husband displays her on a shelf as a trinket (Betty Gilpin), a woman who solves her own murder (Alison Brie), a woman who returns her husband to the store where His grandmother (Mira Seal), a woman who falls in love with a duck (Merritt Weaver) … they are eight years old, all immersed in situations and thus different stories; Everyone is searching for their identity, a form of independence or self-realization, and ask themselves, in their own way, what it means to be a woman today.

An anthology series of eight half-hour episodes each. roar It is an adaptation of the short story collection The Roar: Thirty Women, Thirty Stories by Irish Cecilia Ahern. Created by the duo Carla Minch and Liz Flahave, to whom we owe intelligence radiate On Netflix, the Apple TV+ series is amazing, intriguing, and often destabilizing…but it gets lost in a concept that’s handled in a way that’s too basic to build a coherent theme. It’s clear that she doesn’t always succeed in saying what she wants to say.

Concretely, each episode tells a separate story: eight feminist myths entrusted to different screenwriters, directors (Rashida Jones, Quinn Tran, Soo Young Kim…), actresses (Nicole Kidman who is also an executive producer, Cynthia Erivo, Issa Rae, Merritt Weaver, Alison Brie , Betty Gilpin…), which vary in theme, tone, and genre. We alternate with horror, sci-fi, drama or comedy – but always with a starting point or twist imbued with fantasy or surrealism. So it’s a very different series, even if all the stories it tells us come together in that it carries the cry of liberation and independence for these heroines who go through different experiences.

Eight stories, eight heroines: you’ll hear them roar

Each of the eight episodes is titled “The woman who…”, an introductory book that ends with a conclusion that is very strange overall but clearly shows what we are about to see. In the first episode, Issa Rae disappears from the public eye when her novel is adapted by Hollywood studio directors (straight, white, gender-balanced men). In the second, Nicole Kidman copes with her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease by devouring photos from her childhood to bring back old memories. At the third, Betty Gilpin is literally displayed on a shelf, like a trophy, by her husband (Daniel Dae Kim), before he grows tired of admiring her.

For her part, Cynthia Erivo is devastated by guilt when she returns to work after giving birth. Merritt Weaver falls in love with a duck who turns out to be…a passive aggressive idiot. Alison Brie investigates her murder by following the detectives (Chris Lowell and Hugh Dancy) responsible for discovering the identity of the perpetrator. Mira Sial, stuck in a marriage plan, takes her husband back to the supermarket where she bought it. Finally, Fivel Stewart and Kara Hayward travel to the far west to escape their parents.

Ordinary women face exceptional situations, expressed through metaphors taken to extremes to highlight certain aspects of femininity and the many issues facing women today – from balancing career and family life to being able to free themselves from a toxic relationship through Tiredness of the spouses or the embodiment of the masculine outlook. A prominent feminist series that is, after all, not only dedicated to women: with an entire gallery of images, roar It offers powerful stories that, while necessarily resonating more with female audiences, raise questions that affect us all. Either because the themes are universal (racism, our relationship to memory, the construction of our identity), or because as a man, we are a son, brother, husband, or father.

greatest asset roarIt is undoubtedly his choice. All actresses are completely irresistible, taking their characters to show original women, fragile, fierce, indecisive, and combative, resisting, each in their own way, in a world that tries to classify them, make them invisible, and lock them in. In a template, confine them to a role. The most surprising thing is that despite the stories’ surreal dimension, the process works extremely well – I think the adorable Merritt Weaver is able to sell a toxic love affair with a duck!

duck and woman. chapada, bada

yes roar Sometimes he misses his goal, it’s finally when his concept backfires. So the intent is to talk about the challenges of being a woman today in different contexts (personal, professional, family or couple – by the way all of them are heterosexual), explaining them in an actual way. However, some allegories lack courage and some metaphors suffer from a severe lack of precision. Little as if the ideological and theoretical structure were more important than the natural narrative.

A glitch that increases the feeling that some episodes are more successful than others (as is often the case in an anthology series). Regardless of everyone’s sensibilities, some stories (eg the second or fourth) are strong because of the many readings they offer. On the other hand, others could deepen their central theme (such as the first or eighth) so that roar Sometimes it sounds like the fierce roar of a lioness … and sometimes the meow of a domestic cat.

With her wonderful actresses, Rohr addresses many themes often associated with femininity through surreal novels and metaphors taken to the extreme. Perhaps sometimes too much, the story loses its power at the expense of the literal symbol. The original book still tells thirteen stories, and there is still material for a possible second season, with other themes, other heroines, and another roar.

roar
8 episodes of about 30.
Available on Apple TV.

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