The Politician: The marvels of Ben Platt

4/5

Genre: Drama, Comedy
Main Cast:  Ben Platt, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton
Creators: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk,
Ryan Murphy

Synopsis

From the creators of Glee and Scream Queens, comes this dramedy about a high school senior and his run to be class president.

Review

At first glimpse, this series might seem unrealistic, what teenager is as meaningfully engaged in their future, as Paton Hobart. At least after seeing the first episode that is how I felt, but every bit the show progresses, you see it for what it is the biggest, most dramatic allegory for the over-strategised, money-fueled, scandal-filled political arena.

The story starts as Paton, played by Ben Platt, storms in and accuses his under the radar love interest River, played by David Corenswet, of stabbing him in the back by running against him for Class President.

The series is a very poignant exploration into the lives of the rich and what they sacrifice to preserve and maintain their status and wealth. It also explores the reasons behind the decisions that are made in a political effort and how they influence those involved and surrounding the campaign.

Ben Platt’s critically acclaimed performance leaves nothing lacking from the highs of Paton’s confidence to the utter lows of his anxiety. Platt hits every note of this difficult role with strong belief and realism.

The other characters are memorable; they are well developed throughout the series, no flat characters here.

The finale leaves you wanting more, as any good finale should.

If not for all of this, I would recommend this series solely on one of the best performances of River by Joni Mitchell.

Songs from the series

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