Platonic, the review of the series with Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen
Finally a comedy series capable of cheering up, making people smile about the little misadventures that each of us faces in our daily lives. The creators Nick Stoller And Frances Delbanco they have been able to understand the heart of what it means to be ordinary people and have inserted it into situations and characters who, exalting their absolute normality, become witty champions of the frustrations of contemporary man and woman.
The story on which it unfolds Platonic couldn’t be simpler: once best friends, Sylvia (Rose Byrne) and Will (Seth Rogen) decide to meet years after a fight that kept them away from each other. And in this way they discover how much they have actually changed since college and the goliardic raids they were protagonists of: she is a family mother who gave up her lawyer career to look after her three children, while he has just divorced and runs a bar in constant fear of growing up.
Knowing how to tell the problems of everyday life
Platonic offers a wide and exhaustive range of the problems of everyday life, and does so with an irony as precise as insightful. Right from the pilot episode – which let’s write it right away, it’s not even remotely the best of those proposed by the season – we enter the universe of two characters who could easily be our neighbors, as lovable as they are light years away from any kind of “characterization” aimed at making them dramatically interesting. Why then Platonic does it work that well? Because he knows exactly what he wants to tell and how to do it right: the truth and attention to the absurd side of the situations in which any of us could find ourselves on any given day are expertly developed, episode after episode, immersing the viewer in a world as understandable as it is actually funny.
Platonic and the value of its interpreters
And here the main merit of the show’s success must be attributed to the two main actors, especially to Byrne. If in fact Seth Rogen demonstrates that he has matured as an actor by explicitly continuing to play the “fixed type” that he has been proposing to the public for decades now – also demonstrating it in the recent The Fabelmans Of Steven Spielberg – Rose Byrne definitively confirms, if there had still been a need, that she is an actress capable of knowing how to wear the lightness of her female figures with admirable emotional precision.
In this way your Sylvia becomes an all-round figure, meaning by this lovable not only for her numerous merits but also, indeed perhaps above all, for the small defects, the sweet and very human shortcuts she takes as a woman who has to deal with with their own little dissatisfactions, keeping them at bay for the common good. Her ability to be real yet always funny, flickering, in some cases rough bordering on hysteria, has now reached a level of acting competence that in our opinion few female colleagues possess today when it comes to comedy. Without a doubt, she is the added value of a show that is nonetheless very effective in studying her characters and situations.
If you want to spend half an hour with characters you can mirror yourself in, grappling with problems that could undoubtedly belong to you, Platonic deserves to be hugged and cuddled. For her simplicity, for her willingness to tease and perhaps even make people reflect on unexpected paths, on small deviations from the course that ultimately can decide a person’s life at least as much as big decisions. You laugh, you participate with affection in the vicissitudes of these two anti-heroes in the deepest sense of the term. There is absolutely nothing heroic about Sylvia and Will. And for this very reason we can truly see ourselves in them…