Monday, May 29, 2017

Movie review: 13 Reasons Why

 Following the unexpected suicide of Hannah, classmate Clay receives a box of tapes that reveal the reasons behind her choice to end her life.

Dylan Minnette (Clay), Katherine Langford (Hannah), Christian Navarro (Tony), Alisha Boe (Jessica), Brandon Flynn (Justin), Justin Prentice (Bryce), Miles Heizer (Alex), Ross Butler (Zach), Brian D'Arcy James (Andy), Kate Walsh (Olivia).

13 Reasons Why begins shortly after Hannah's suicide with some character introductions and setup. When Clay receives a box of tapes Hannah recorded to explain her death the series shifts to flashback mode mixed with current events. The remainder of the series is a roller-coaster of emotion as Clay discovers things about Hannah he never knew, which also threatens other students and friends.

The message of the film seems to be that not one person, or thing, can push someone to commit suicide. And intentionally or not, the series exposes some things to look for in other who may be suicidal. A week after watching the series I'm still not sure I have wrapped my head around the entire story.

Acting was exceptional with Minnette and Langford both delivering very well and working together nicely. Navarro was a delight with good delivery and emotion. Boe, Flynn, Prentice and the remainder of the supporting cast also did very well throughout the film.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are solid, fitting, and fairly simple. Action scenes are decent with only mild reality stretching. Dialogue had nice depth and added greatly to the impact of the series. Sound and soundtrack are good.

13 Reasons Why will likely draw strong emotions from just about anyone who watches and should probably come with trigger warnings and even suicide prevention information. If you have ever been even remotely exposed to suicide be prepared for some tears as this one is pretty intense.

Released: 2017
Reviewed: 5.12.17
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: TV series, TV Drama, Crime TV, Drama, Teen Drama

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