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Aug 27, 2019Ostensibly about a multilevel marketing scheme called FAM, what this show is really about is the American dream, capitalism, and the lies we tell to maintain an air of immense success right around the corner when nothing could be further from the truth. In one of few series about working-class people, Krystal Stubbs (another iconic character from the truly underrated Kirsten Dunst whoOstensibly about a multilevel marketing scheme called FAM, what this show is really about is the American dream, capitalism, and the lies we tell to maintain an air of immense success right around the corner when nothing could be further from the truth. In one of few series about working-class people, Krystal Stubbs (another iconic character from the truly underrated Kirsten Dunst who should have a million Oscar nominations by now) is a water park employee whose life is tragically upended because of her husband (Alexander Skarsgard, darkly hilarious) snarls, hisses, manipulates, and deceives up the ranks of the same pyramid scheme she despises.
For anyone who knows Dunst's work well, it's unsurprising how well she plays both the tragic and sad with the dark and hilarious. She's spectacular. Krystal isn't really an "anti-hero" but someone you actually really root for and empathize with. Everything, after all, is for her baby daughter, Destinee. And her relationship with her "upline" superior, Cody (Theodore Pellerin, destined for big things) is twisted and delicious.
There's this crazy tone to the series. I've genuinely never seen anything like it. Sure, it's faithful to Florida weirdness but the surreal, weird, dark, and really, really funny is balanced with a tremendous amount of empathy for the working-class characters populating this show. At the end of the day, it's Dunst's show, and she's fearless. Like her, the show doesn't give a crap about looking too ugly or being too weird or vicious or surreal or really, really funny. And it definitely doesn't give two hoots about its brutally satirical takedown of the peculiarly American brand of capitalism.… Expand
Oct 14, 2019hilarious look at scams that are so prevalent in society and their impact on families and individuals .
Obie Garbeau ! LMAO.
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“On Becoming a God” has a few standout episodes, including the pilot and a midseason trip to a FAM retreat. ... But down the home stretch, just when we should be most involved and invested, too many developments feel arbitrary and forced, and there’s far more weirdness and wackiness than well-earned, well-executed dramatic/comedic payoffs.
Krystal’s 10-episode odyssey, steered by showrunner Esta Spalding, is a viciously funny smashing of the sandcastle that is American capitalism, a rigged system illustrated by an Amway-style pyramid scheme. ... [Kirsten Dunst’s] performance is worth paying attention to from the start, but the show finds its muscle the moment Krystal realizes that the only way to crawl out of the beast’s belly is to dive into the heart of it, then gut it and strut around in its skin.
Dunst is the saving grace throughout a rollicking Season One that keeps delivering whenever she’s on screen. It may well turn out to be the TV performance of the year, with some very able assists from Pellerin, Rodriguez, Ditto and Levine.