Kaitlyn Dever as Marie Adler on Netflix’s Unbelievable. So, I heard really great things about this limited series on Netflix, but it’s not something I would normally watch. It deals with some difficult subject matter and I typically have to make sure that I am in the right state of mind to watch something like this. That being said, I am really glad that I gave this show a chance because it was absolutely captivating and thought-provoking. Please note major spoilers have been left out for your convenience.
The performances from the entire cast were beyond incredible, but I was mostly impressed with Kaitlyn Dever’s performance. I could really believe her and there was something about her subtle indifference that really spoke to me, reminding me that we all handle trauma in different ways and sometimes we just need that one person fighting in our corner to bring out the spark within us that has dimmed so many times before.
It’s not always easy to believe in ourselves, but when someone else finally does, it reminds us that we do matter, helping us re-discover our own self-worth.
The show moves really quickly and I found myself addicted to binge-watching it right after the first episode. It really draws you in and part of that is because of Dever’s portrayal of Marie. Sometimes it’s more about the characters that don’t have that apparent strength you often see that truly resonate with you.
I actually prefer seeing characters who are broken and defeated, watching them grow and learn from their mistakes, while they try to pave their own path. Maybe it’s the right path or maybe it isn’t, but that’s what makes these characters so real and interesting to me.
I really connected with Marie’s character and I was constantly rooting for her even when I was not sure if she was making the right call or telling the truth. The other performances on the show are also really compelling and I really dove into the investigation as well, as you almost feel like you are along for the ride with the detectives because you want some kind of real and deserving justice for the victims.
There’s something to be truly said for a performance that can stay with you for quite some time and I really think that Dever achieved that in this role. This role had to be incredibly difficult to play and I feel like another approach might not have struck the same chord with me. Dever’s portrayal was so real and magnetic and she gave me chills.
I absolutely recommend this show, but please pay attention to the viewing warnings displayed because some parts are very difficult to watch.
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