Netflix’s ‘The Girl in the Mirror’ (‘Alma’) wastes an intriguing premise


Honestly, it’s pretty impressive. After a captivating and intriguing opening sequence in its first episode, in which a bus full of teenage schoolchildren encounters some mysterious happenings in a fog that appears all too suddenly while descending a mountain in the beautiful countryside of northern Spain. netflix quality the girl in the mirror (Soul in its original Spanish), falls down a slope faster and more dramatically than (spoiler, but not really) the aforementioned bus does. It’s a visceral and shocking opening, infused with what feels like the start of a compelling mystery. Unfortunately, supernatural thriller the girl in the mirror it quickly squanders that potential, getting progressively worse with each passing episode and making you wish it would all end one way or another. When I got to his ninth and final installment, I couldn’t help but groan and my eyes roll in their sockets at the levels of ineptitude on display. Had it not been for the incredibly green, Atlantic-swept views of Asturias on display at all times, I would have left much sooner. Not exactly the drop in quality seen in the last few days of game of Thronesbut it reminded me, well done guys!

It really is a shame as the show has some pedigree. the girl in the mirror It was created by Sergio Gutierrez Sanchez. Sanchez wrote 2007 the orphanage (The orphanage), which was an effective and well-made gothic horror film and, like Sánchez’s first film, served as a promising sign of his screenwriting skills. This series is a jarring repudiation of that promise, since most of his problems come from the page. The direction is often awkward, with many of its actors seemingly instructed to deliver their lines in a way that I guess must be sinister but just comes across as stiff and unconvincing, but if the writing was up to the task then that could be easy. to ignore. As it happens, the script is a complete mess. I’m not sure if it’s the long form of a TV show that tripped up Sánchez and her co-writers Teresa de Rosendo and Paul Pen, but the issues here are so fundamental I don’t even know where to begin. when addressing them. The characters are poorly defined and uninteresting, their motivations often confused and unclear. The bottom line for my investment in any story is that I have to care about the characters at their heart. Here, aside from a few moments with just two (2) people, I just didn’t give a shit.

It’s hard to beat bad characters in a script, but not impossible. If you add enough mystery or action to the thing, you can sometimes get away with it. Poor me, the girl in the mirror it wobbles that too, clumsily unraveling a story that features ancient prophecies, demons, witches, and amnesia, while robbing each of those things of any power. Amnesia, for God’s sake! Amnesia! A cool and fun device. How dare you turn him into a liability, man? To be honest, I feel like I’ve suffered some sort of memory loss myself, now trying to remember the tangled web of incoherent, confusing, often-just-bored The mythology that the show tried to generate ends in a fog as thick as the one that opened it. The thing about mythology is that it can be confusing in a good way. Although I had problems with its ending, Dark was an example of a confusing plot that felt confusing on purpose: it was up to you to try harder to understand it, and if you didn’t, it was your own fault, since the logic was there (or at least it felt that way). that, which is often good enough!). As a result, the confusion made you want to see more. In the girl in the mirror it just made me see the cracks in the foundation of history. In the end, the show had the temerity to not even end with a conclusion, but rather tease a potential second season.

Three paragraphs is probably the shortest review I’ve ever written on anything, but this show has already stolen over eight hours of my life and I refuse to give it any more.

Petr is a staff contributor. you can follow him on Twitter.

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