If you need a break from superhero stories, mythical tales, and Money Heist, Hulu’s Normal People is a perfect watch. Based on Sally Rooney’s novel of the same name, this dysfunctional love story is the news big thing.
While the book released in 2018, the series aired this year on Hulu and BBC
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald, the script is written by Sally Rooney and Alice Birch. The cast of Hulu’s Normal People includes Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal, Sarah Green, Eliot Salt, India Mullen, and Fionn O’Shea. Based on Sally Rooney’s novel, the story revolves around Marianne and Connell. Apart from their background, the pair also have completely different personalities. Where Connell is a popular rugby player in school, Marianne is considered a weirdo. Despite these differences, they form a deep bond and remain each other’s constants throughout life. However, their own personal traumas and inner demons make it hard for them to have a healthy and normal relationship.
Hulu’s Normal People would make you want to scream, laugh, and cry at the same time.
From the beginning, Hulu’s Normal People made sure to let the viewers know that it is not a simple and straight-forward love story. While there are always twists and tragedies in a love story, there is no apparent villain in this one. Marianne and Connell are the ones calling all shots. Despite having a deep connection and love for each other, they seem to come in the way of their happiness. However, you still cannot blame them. Both the protagonists are suffering from traumas, anxieties, and in Connell’s case, identity crisis. Marianne has had a difficult childhood and belongs to a loveless, abusive family. She thinks of herself as worthless. Throughout the story, she tries to make Connell believe that she will do anything he asks her to do. It seems that she wants him to believe that she is in his control. Whereas Connell thrives on other’s opinions and wants people to approve of him. While he gets attention in school, he feels like an oddball in college. In this regard, when he is around Marianne and her friends, he feels he’s in the wrong place.
While there is no doubt that the two characters are soulmates and belong to each other, their inability to communicate clearly makes you feel frustrated and want to scream. However, the fact that these two people know who they belong to, have someone who loves you deeply, makes you all warm and fuzzy inside. Even when they are miles apart, seeing other people, you feel comfort in the fact that Marianne and Connell are partners for life. At times, Hulu’s Normal People is hard to watch because of these two characters’ indecisiveness. But you cannot help but keep rooting for them. This is one of those shows which stays with you even after you have finished watching it. In fact, the complexity of the characters starts unraveling after you have finished watching. I guarantee that you will keep thinking about them afterward. I would rate it 4/5.
Did you know there are two extra episodes coming out? Read more about it here.