UNITED STATES: Netflix Hit Show Squid Game which shows Debt-sucking loners, a broken economic system because that’s what it tends to do, and a visual treatment with gorgeous sets.
This Korean series follows 456 players who have all experienced some form of economic hardship. Put forth on the children’s game which ensembles to blood and gore. The sugar-coated world of Squid Game has devolved into a betting hell.
Squid Game: a harrowing reminder of capitalism
All players are settled under the horror by blood-stained guards wearing weird masks. Every player’s stakes are tremendous, with greed and grievance on the edge of erupting into emotions. It’s up to them to decide how far they’ll go to win, and how cruel they’ll have to be.
The individuals who appear in squid games represent various working classes in a capitalist system. Seong Gi-Hun (Lee Jung-Jae) is the center of attention for everyone. This includes a “troubled history” as stated by the show, as well as an emotional relationship with his daughter that generates a soft spot for character arcs that succeed and then fade away.
Cho Sang-Woo (Park Hae Soo) is a failed businessman who portrays a sharp and ruthless attitude in the film. Ali Abdul (Anupam Tripathi) is a warm-hearted character who elicits emotional responses from the players. Wi Ha-character Joon’s Hwang Jun-ho (Wi Ha-Joon) is a smart and clever man on a quest to discover his missing brother.
The players Han Mi-Neyo (Kim Joo-ryeong) and Jang Deok-Su (Heo Sung-Tae) are inserted to create the heat among players that work for the viewers. In certain instances, the unexpected spiciness piques one’s interest in what will happen next.
The cinematography and hidden nuances, as well as the massive and larger-than-life vistas, are the highlights that draw the greatest attention from the audience. The concept of children’s themed lethal games also serves as a major draw.
The fictional world developed in Squid Game, as well as some previous hints mentioning great kids games, steal the show. The music, which ranges from stressful background music to lighthearted tunes, is well suited to each scene shown in the show.
Seong Gi-Hun and the old man, or player 001, form a fascinating storyline that gives additional emotional depth to the characters. The show’s most intriguing aspect is the relationship of Seong Gi-Hun with his mother which further decides the character’s fate.
Is Squid Game over-hyped?
The show suffers from the fact that certain characters arrive out of nowhere prior to the games. The main characters serve as the center of attraction, making it simple to predict which players will survive the games. Hwang Jun-ho’s journey becomes predictable towards the conclusion, and his actions at times appear unreasonable in many ways. It’s as if the plot demands it, and his character will do so without hesitation.
The way how the show handles the take on old man doesn’t fit quite well. The show tries to over-emotionalize the characters at times, which works at first but quickly becomes tedious and uninteresting. Sae-byeok (HoYeon Jung) character starts with an interesting approach but fails till its conclusion.
The ideological approach also falls shorts till the end. And doesn’t relate to any extent with realism. The entire game is portrayed as a capitalist system where the player falls to a dead end no matter what.
However, in the case of some hyped and award-showered Korean dramas and films, this topic has grown tiresome. It becomes easy for viewers who are familiar with K-dramas and such ideological approaches to guess where the show would go.
Squid Game comes to a close with a creative and massive world-building based on ideological fan fiction. On the surface, it’s an intriguing genre, but it quickly becomes predictable.
Transcontinental Times Rating: 3.5/5