As a fan of all the prior original content that Netflix has produced, Easy easily (pun intended) adds to that list of favorites. Easy takes the essence of love, relationships and blends it all together with through a psychological standpoint.
The authenticity and raw chemistry that the show has is what drives the series and keeps you clicking too. Easy has a sort of style that’s similar to indie cinematography that usually comes with Joe Swanberg’s style of directing, who also directed and wrote the screenplay to the film, Drinking Buddies. With heavy improvisation, there was a natural groove and chemistry that was present within the whole cast. Even though the show had a rotating set of characters, the plot line in each episode didn’t seem staggering.
The series is only eight episodes long, which in face value seems short but is the perfect amount for the show. Each episode packs in a lot of character development and plot that makes you forget that each episode is only roughly 30 minutes long.
Easy begins with an episode titled “The F**king Study” that discusses the topic of gender roles and it’s correlation to the family dynamic and the power struggle. With women empowerment being one of the most talked about topics in society right now, this discussion may come off as controversial but it definitely does grab your attention. This episode explores the traditional gender roles of how a man needs to feel in control. Though, this is controversial, it does bring up the issue of an imbalanced dynamic which sometimes happens in the marriage especially if one has a steady income while the other is a stay-at-home parent. The first episode is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the exploration of love, psychology and relationships.
The series continues to visit other aspects of love such as finding love in the LGTBQ community. But Swanberg didn’t focus on the aspect of two females falling in love but instead of what love can do to us. Love can make us change our habits and our ways in hopes to impress our new significant other. These changes may be positive but what good are these changes if they don’t help display who we truly are?
The series continues on with topics such as the issue of former lovers coming back into your lives, the issue of marriage and what happens when the sexually drive isn’t there anymore and even our society’s use of technology and how it incorporated art and sex.
Easy is a series that’s not afraid to expose the little nooks and crannies of love. From marriage, to imbalanced dynamics, it’s ties to technology and more, Easy has made us confront issues that we’re sometimes afraid to admit are there. But this series isn’t for everyone. Swanberg has this very particular style and way of directing that some may not like. Some may argue that his cinematography is dry or emotionally distant. However if you’re a fan of his movie Drinking Buddies then you’ll enjoy this series. He has a way of captivating the audience in a subtle tone that still brings you into the depth of your inner psyche. Easy is honest and raw and will cause you to reflect and discuss after every 30 minute episode.
Easy is now streaming on Netflix.