‘High Fidelity’ Review
Initially a 1995 novel by Nick Hornby, High Fidelity was adapted into a 2000 film directed by Stephen Frears and which stars Zoe Kravitz’s mother, Lisa Bonet.
The show, which originally was intended to be released on Disney+ making the show more family friendly but ultimately ended up leaving the PG13 classification for a more mature audience and it’s no wonder why; The show is an appropiate tale for millenials as the protagonists struggle to move on from past exes, and make a living while trying to remain true to themselves, their principles, and their dreams.
High Fidelity follows the story of Rob Fleming (Zoe Kravitz), a record store owner who alongside her employees (and friends) Simon and Cherise like to curate playlists to every event in their lives and to show off their knowledge in music to anyone that walks through their door. In the book the setting is in London, in the film in Chicago and for the Hulu version we go to Brooklyn.
There is no wonder why this story keeps getting adapted in different formats and bringing different groups of people ot tell it. It is a story a lot of us live through our lives and relativitaly simple one: The search to know what went wrong in past relationships.
The show’s premise is simple and comforting in the times where leaving your house to stroll the streets and go to coffee shops and bars with your close friends seem as a dream. Zoë makes the show look so cool and edgy and her performances makes you care for a character whom you probably would dislike, but she is just too beautiful to look at and that’s why I feel she’s so miscast as Rob; Rob is supposed to be a woman who throws herself a self-pity party for the whole show, not getting over her ex who dumped her a year ago and stars obsessing about what is wrong for her to not have an everlasting love. There’s a scene where Zoë strolls through New York, puts on red lipstick and says “New York is full of people who make you feel not enough”, sees her face in disgust in the window and wipes off her lipstick, all while looking flawless and fierce.
Big part of the premise it is the music, and there are a lot of classics and gems to be found in the show: Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Prince, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Swamp Dogg, OutKast, David Bowie among many others are a delight to hear.
I would recommend the show only to those who love music and may want to discover a new artist, however, if you’re not a big music fan don’t even bother. I’m tired of adaptations that are exactly the same as the past ones (even if they reversed the genres) and have nothing new to bring to the table and this show is one of them.