Hwang knows how much convincing he needs to do to bring his viewers on board with the premise; unlike the cop, the audience will buy into “Squid Game’s” world without a fuss, a credit to Hwang’s skills as a filmmaker and writer. Forget the negative connotations the phrase “bingeworthy” stirs up. In the binge era, this show is as good as they come.
Hwang and his team take immense care with all of the players, laying out how they’re stuck in a horrible system, and just trying to make it through, at any cost. Squid Game is exciting, and startling, and tense, but that care is what really makes it worth watching.
It’s black comedy at its bleakest, a tonal juxtaposition that is to be admired. I think it’s so effective, especially in a genre that is so extreme in its gore, that it masquerades as “fun.” ... Like Parasite, it uses genre as a Trojan horse for discussions about capitalism and class. We’re a culture attuned to hyper-violence, but the series manages to show it in a way that you never become desensitized.
The fate of the more sympathetic characters among them is where the drama lies. The ins and outs of the games are thrilling. When the team of scrappy protagonists—male and female, young and old—tugs and tugs at a rope, trying to drag a much stronger, all-male team over a precipice, I cheered for every step back they took, even though them winning would mean a bunch of other people would get crushed to death.
“Squid Game” has nothing to say about inequality and free will beyond pat truisms, and its characters are shallow assemblages of family and battlefield clichés, set loose upon a patently ridiculous premise. ... [The violence] is more than mildly sickening in its scale, its graphic presentation and its calculated gratuitousness.
Starts strong, interesting premise. Not recommend for the faint of heart.
The American VIPs were incredibly **** and cringey. (who talks like that?)
Great voice acting. Subs > dubs. Plot gets more formulaic as it drags on. I'm not that excited for the sequel.
an unoriginal idea stretched so thin they can't justify it by the final few episodes.
none of the socioeconomic ideas that are touched on in this are fleshed out, and character motivations are usually skin deep.
Just terrible shallow writing and none of the visuals are anything special.
I think this show may have been written to sell jumpsuits
Squid Game is an overrated series. The series is based only on the brutal games presented and the situations submitted to the characters. Character development is poorly worked, actuations, personalities and dialogues are artificial and silly, the story is very simple, the conflict has easy solutions, some actions end up repeating so much that we can predict future events and the outcome is unnecessary. While these flaws exist, I admit that there are positive points, albeit few. We can cite, for example, photography, which combines the intention of brutal childrens games, and the soundtrack.