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Through outstanding imagery, boundless imagination and sheer enthusiasm, entergalactic transforms a simple love story into a feast for the senses.
This review of the Netflix special Entergalactic is spoiler-free.
The word “special” is ambiguous, especially when applied to television or film. For an hour of stand-up comedy, you can forgive yourself; this is the usual, accepted nomenclature. But a feature film or series that’s marketed as a “special” comes with high expectations, in my opinion, which they often can’t surpass. The word suggests something more than the usual, something different and daring, something worthy of the label, banal as a marketing term often is. “Special” is also the word used for the Fletcher Moules-directed animated visual accompaniment to Kid Cudi’s forthcoming album of the same name.
but entergalactic is not only a Special. It is Special.
Creating a love story in the midst of engaging with art and artists would be one thing. Using music to reinforce their meaning would be another. but entergalactic does all of that while also being an exceptional visual treat, pushing the boundaries of animation not only with fantastical and surreal distractions, but with a profound understanding of the precise rhythm and timing of the visual arts that themselves appear to be alive, so full of energy and imagination as the characters came to life through the same brushstrokes.
Cudi plays Jabari, a New York street artist whose locally famous creation, Mr. Rager, is being adapted into a comic book series by a well-known publisher. This change in his life keeps him so busy that he must avoid an ill-advised reunion with his ex Carmen (Laura Harrier), but when he meets his new neighbor Meadow (Jessica Williams), another free-thinking artist, he falls quickly and deeply into new romantic territory.
entergalactic was originally intended as a series, and it still retains much of that structure; it has an episodic rhythm and is explicitly divided into chapters. But its story works because it’s so consistently presented and developed, with the central romance underscored by the show’s thematic concerns and embellished by its visuals. We don’t see much of Jabari working on the comic and see little of Meadow’s photography. However, these creative endeavors are meant to say something about who these people are, and their fondness for and devotion to their own self-expression becomes an authentic source of human connection for both of them.
The romance isn’t so new – it hits a lot of familiar beats. What’s most surprising, however, is how direct and impactful these beats are when influenced by the style and energy of Kid Cudi’s visuals and music. This is a strong reminder of that how A story being told is far more important than what the story actually is. If this were a live-action movie, it would have its charm and sense of humor, but no one would care. In this form, a sweet but ultimately light and generic romance becomes a powerful portrait of love that looks almost as good as it feels.
5 reasons to watch entergalactic
Our explanation of The End of Entergalactic (Will go live when the special debuts.)
You can stream the Netflix special Entergalactic exclusively on Netflix.
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