The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Review
If asked to draw the similarities between the TGIF sitcom and this new Netflix‘s Halloween treat, there is not much that I can put forward. Obviously, there are familiar names, and the title character is still a teenage girl juggling between maintaining her SAT scores and learning to harness her other-worldly powers. But that’s it. The good old days of Melissa Joan Hart are now a thing in the past. And The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stands on its own as a joyous, lavish, galvanizing ride. It’s from the universe of Archie comics, which explains the Riverdale cameo in episode 7!
Horror Done Right By The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina
Much to our delight, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is soundly aware of its core genre. It is out and outright a horror show that has equipped a younger tone, only to brand itself amongst Netflix’s core audience. From the very inauguration, we are introduced to all sorts of dark elements; including curses, The Dark Lord, and even Satan. While the show at times falls out of place with its exaggerated rendition of witch horror. It makes sure that even this clumsiness is bewitching.
In The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, the Mad Men alum Kiernan Shipka is only a scant day behind her sweet sixteen. An impending decisive moment, where Sabrina would have to choose between her life of realistic mortality, and Dark Baptism. Meanwhile, Sabrina-a human, witch hybrid- is torn between her two lives with strange dubiety. While she is no mood to give up her goofball of a boyfriend (Ros Lynch); the Satan and his disciples are leaving no stone unturned to convince Sabrina against this. As regularly as this goes with these types of stories, there is probably a prophecy too about Sabrina being the chosen one.
How Is Kiernan Shipka On The Netflix Show?
Shipka is ideally not flawless as Sabrina, although she stands with great in her grey-shade arena. It is just that there could have been more layers to Sabrina than what Shipka has to offer. However, it cannot be denied that her portrayal of self-assuredness excels perfection. The supporting cast also comes to the rescue where Shipka tumbles.
Supporting Characters Save The Day
Michelle Gomez nails it as Ms. Wardwell, a teacher at Sabrina’s human school (with a twist)! She has her own signature swagger, she walks around with a girl-boss-esque boldness and, those who had seen her in Doctor Who would know. Her conflict with Sabrina does not really allow us to love Gomez at first sight, but we eventually give into her profound elegance
Davis and Otto portray Sabrina’s aunts who strangely share bedrooms. Yet, they allow their dynamic renditions to ground the messy ‘The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina‘ fairly firm. They are sisters, who collaborate in their approach. But their personalities depart, and each actor nails her part.
New entries to do a fair job. These include Sabrina’s human friends Roz (Jaz Sinclair), and Susie (Lachlan Watson), and witchy-but-under-house-arrest cousin Ambrose (Chance Perdomo). These characters add extra magical imagery, skill, contextual richness, and human (and warlock!) levels Everyone has their own woes, and own ambitions; hence carefully weaving intriguing parallel arcs.
There Are Some Issues
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina; however, falls victim to the signature Netflix bloat. The story could have been told in three fewer episodes too. The series is perverted and subverted. Additionally, it gets some clichéd Riverdale shades that can at times spoil the plot build up.
However, The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina gives us a lot to appreciate cinematically. Moreover, for Netflix, it fills up the retro-drama hole that was done badly by the latest season of Stranger Things. Shipka has the seriousness to stand face to face with the devil, quite literally. And even bring him down if the time calls for it.