Maldives have fun or deliver a tropical Desperate Housewives (review)
At the beginning, badalada Maldives – Brazilian series from Netflix when marketing I have been built less since January – I don’t care. Perhaps this has happened due to the presence of artists such as Bruna Marquezine and Manu Gavazzi, whose fame has more to see how buzz that they manage to generate on the internet which, indeed, gives the quality of their jobs. But faced with some positive comments on social networks, I decided to give it a chance.
E fiz bem: já no primeriro episódio, da to notice that Maldives It is different from what might be suggested by its disclosure material, which exhibits pretty, rich and colorful women, giving room to imagine a certain empty plot. At first surprise, all this happy tropical atmosphere is, in truth, a kind of debauchery for the elitist postures of a middle class (which is judged high) somewhere in Rio de Janeiro.
A second boa surprise is that the text is bom ea plot até que surpreende. A story, written and narrated by Natalia Klein (who played Verônica, one of the central actresses of Maldives), it is full of twists and turns in each episode and manages to move between comedy and suspense, in a good balance between the genres.
Women (meio) rich à beira da swimming pool
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The series begins by contextualizing the space where practically the entire plot will unfold: in a condominium called Maldives, located somewhere in Barra da Tijuca. Well, apparently some women (friends or rivais?) spend part of their days unoccupied in the pool drinking their good drinks without great worries.
The closest ones are Milene (Manu Gavazzi), an apparently neurotic housewife whose sole occupation is being a mayor of the Maldives, Rayssa (Sheron Menezes), an exuberant woman who has maintained a success group for fifteen years with her husband, and that you plan to expand your business for a spa and Kat (Carol Castro), another housewife, mother of two twin children, and whose husband is in house arrest for money laundering.
In the swimming pool, they still live with Verônica, who is the chamam of “Mortícia”, with her looks somber, and with an older woman called Patrícia (Vanessa Gerbelli), who pretends to tolerate, but who fails badly at every opportunity that arises. . Patrícia logo discovers some powers of each of her “friends” and, mysteriously, she died in a fire that occurred in her apartment, raising several suspicions: all of them, at first, had reasons for wanting to liquidate her.
But this is not exactly a style series whodunnit, ou seja, which revolves around the discovery of quem é or assassino. There are more plots behind this assassination, and they involve Liz’s chegada (Bruna Marquezine), along with Patrícia, who was harassed by her still child and maid by her husband (Angela Vieira) in Goiás. Desperate to find out about her mother, Liz leaves the Maldives on the exact day of her death, and goes to work, in a somewhat camouflaged way, in the investigation of the crime.
Desperate house donuts à brasileira
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Uma das great taken out of Maldives It is in the subtle construction of the universe in which women inhabit. They are basically Peruvians who believe they live wonderful lives inside a condominium that is artificial and unrealistic over). Not local, hot bar always open, swimming pools wrapped in coconut trees illuminated with neon, spa and box for shows.
On the other hand, when the apartments are framed from the inside, they seem strangely simple and open in relation to the sumptuousness of the space. It is quite evident that the luxurious life of that group barely occurs on the surface, and that they consider themselves more important and glamorous than they are.
A more obvious reference to the series, and pointed out in various criticisms, is Desperate Housewives, iconic plot of ABC, produced between 2004 and 2012, which was very successful in exploring the idea that the facade of perfect Americans hid a lot of rot, including crimes. As desperate house donuts do Maldives têm some common with American women, but they have less drama (not a sense of less depth) than the “concurrent”.
It gives the same way as the ABC series, one two trumps of Maldives It is possible to trace some surprises at the end of each episode. I had something that we imagined and knew that would be disproved every time, tracing an expectation of seeing the next chapter. Consequently, the spectator feels incited to go to the film.
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Maldives Bet on a star cast (for certain parents), or fear to see with an expectation of repercussion in social media. However, there is some irregularity between the actors – sometimes because of their resources, sometimes because they are unwilling to explore their characters.
Manu Gavassi and Bruna Marquezine seem, in a minha visão, to ponta more failure of the cast. Manu, who appears to be the most futile and critical character of the group, is quite caricatured as her Milene, a woman with two fixations: plastic surgery and the interest of her husband. She is so out of it that she would succeed, in fact, in turning Milene into a comic character.
Bruna, on the other hand, seems to have the opposite problem: she always seems to be the same tom, according to her media figure that has been explored to exhaustion, she is a pretty girl who is naïve and seducer that men can’t resist. Unfortunately, her Liz was unable to place new nuances because she did not have an actress repertoire.
Já Carol Castro and Sheron Menezzes are more self-assured and have interesting and amusing plots alongside their husbands, or corrupt Gustavo (Guilherme Winter) and very “sensible” Cauã (Samuel Melo), with whom Rayssa maintains an open relationship.
But, in terms of performance, I think that the best installments are experienced by Vanessa Gerbelli (who seems less explored in the plot than she could) and by Natalia Klein, who, in truth, is the head of the entire series and managed to keep an optimal character for himself A series and entire narrated in off pela sua Mortícia/ Verônica – a resource that sometimes seems to belittle the viewer with excessive explanations, also carries both part of the humor of Maldives.
Embora não faça jus a todo o buzz that to Netflix gerou em top of the series, Maldives It is worth being conferred on those moments in which we seek a series to not think (nem suffer) a lot.