Heartstopper ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Review by Andrea Carnevali
Teens Charlie and Nick discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love in this coming-of-age series. On Netflix.
If this British series doesn’t melt your heart, you should really have your pulse checked, just to make sure you are alive at all.
Heartstopper is the equivalent of a warm hug and one of the sweetest things I’ve seen in a while. A coming-of-age story aimed at mostly teenagers, which can certainly be enjoyed by everyone else. In fact, it should really be watched as a family whenever possible.
Based by the graphic novel of Oseman and directed by Euros Lyn, Heartstopper tells the story of two boys, Charlie and Nick, who may or may not fall for each other. It certainly doesn’t break any new ground in terms of originality. In fact it contains all the usual teen and LGBT tropes for this sort high school love: crushes, unrequited love, night texting, bullying, coming out and so on.
Nothing we haven’t seen before, but the warmth of the script, with its uplifting, sweet, honest and heartfelt depictions of young love, makes it soar above the clichés and sets it apart from anything else.
Nick and Charlie’s relationship and the various interactions with the whole ensemble cast of characters feel real and honest.
It may walk on the “edge of cheese” at times and it probably doesn’t have the edge of other (possibly more grownup) series, but you can hardly fault a show that handles subjects like bullying, bisexuality, inclusivity and coming out with such care and understanding. Also any show that features Olivia Coleman can do no wrong in my book. However small her role is, she makes the most of it and in the last episodes she shines as you would expect her to do.
The animations of leaves, hearts, sparks and birds surrounding the characters to enhance their feelings make it all feel even warmer and with enough emotional twists and turns throughout the short eight episodes, it’s impossible not to be swept up by its charm.
I can hardly think of a better series for teenagers to watch whether they’re gay, straight or whatever label they may think they have… or not have.
Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick
Heartstopper is available to watch on Netflix.
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