REVIEW: Normal People (2020)
Bloody hell, that was a bit raunchy wasn’t it? Normal People is a definite triumph for independent television but I challenge anyone that isn’t a masochist to watch it without feeling a little bit exhausted.
Adapted from Sally Rooney’s prize-winning novel, it tells the story of two young Irish lovers who seem destined to be kept apart by circumstance. Their sprawling tale takes place over several years and incorporates a lot of important issues, including sexual abuse, mental health and the many pitfalls of contemporary education systems. Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal excel in the leading roles and deliver heart-rendering performances, despite having their kit off for most of the proceedings.
I wasn’t entirely satisfied by the ending, but the journey to is undoubtedly one of the year’s most gripping watches and well worth anyone’s time.