‘One Day’ Review: Netflix’s Beautiful Romantic Drama Is Elevated By Lovely Characters and Performances

‘One Day’ Review: Netflix’s Beautiful Romantic Drama Is Elevated By Lovely Characters and Performances

“We’re Dex and Em,” mentioned the previous throughout an argument between each characters midway by means of Netflix’s restricted collection One Day. However what does that imply, precisely? Relying on who you ask -and most significantly, on once you ask-, all kinds of various issues. A one-night stand, two greatest pals, two individuals who haven’t talked in years, all the things in between, and likewise a lot extra. Throughout its 14-episode run, the collection, created by Nicole Taylor, who can also be the lead author, takes us on a 20-year journey on the lives of Dexter (Leo Woodall) and Emma (Ambika Mod) by checking up on them each July 15.


From the second they meet at their commencement occasion and spend one night time collectively, they quickly turn out to be greatest pals on a continuing recreation of will-they-won’t-they. She’s had a crush on him, the college’s “it” boy, for years — whereas he in all probability didn’t even know she existed earlier than by chance bumping into her whereas drunk off his face. However years go by, and that preliminary chemistry quickly morphs right into a friendship. That doesn’t come with out a toll, although.


Deep down, Emma believes he takes her as a right, as somebody tells her in a while — it’s not precisely what she anticipated to listen to at that time, but one thing that didn’t actually come as a shock. After graduating, Dexter is off to see the world and lay eyes on all the things that strikes, whereas Emma is attempting to determine what she needs to do together with her life — whereas getting on with, properly, a lot much less engaging males than Dexter. She is one to placed on a washing swimsuit quite than a bikini; he’s one to go round with an unbuttoned shirt.


Nonetheless, they each know that there’s something actual between the 2 and although they’ve wished it might turn out to be one thing larger than a friendship at non-simultaneous occasions by means of the years, the bond has survived the various ups and downs of life. The good factor in regards to the writing of this collection, which relies on David Nicholls’ novel, is that even by attending to see them simply annually, we come up with precisely what’s going on of their lives and we’re capable of fill within the gaps. Certain, there is perhaps some additional explaining for the viewers peppered in properly right here and there, nevertheless it by no means felt pressured.



This collection hinges on the connection between Emma and Dexter, which is itself a 3rd essential character within the story. That is available in by means of the writing, which allowed for such lovable, partaking, and sophisticated characters, but in addition by means of Woodall’s and Mod’s stellar performances. They’re electrical collectively, a lot in order that the true weight of their work doesn’t daybreak on us till they’re separated, making us miss the opposite one a lot. The place is she now? What’s he doing? Is she going to go away that boring-as-heck boyfriend any of nowadays and understand she deserves somebody a lot better? Will he cease with all of the partying and truly turn out to be somebody value having a dialog with?


The attractive factor about One Day, too, is the way it’s capable of seize the loopy rollercoaster of rising up in your 20s in simply 14, 30-minute episodes. It’s an immediately relatable story about friendship, but in addition love. As a result of, take into account, that is very a lot a love story and nobody ever pretends prefer it isn’t. However will that day ever come? As an viewers, and regardless of the various narrative surprises the present retains underneath wraps, it’s straightforward to think about the eventual final result. But, whereas watching the collection, it’s additionally exhausting to see how they’ll ever transfer on from the conditions they’re in.



All through its course, Dexter struggles rather a lot with a number of addictions, most notably alcohol, which continuously units him again. Emma can’t work out what she needs to do together with her life, and although she meets somebody who loves her dearly, she in all probability can’t hold evaluating her life with him with the one she would have had with Dexter. On the identical time, Dexter can’t but understand that his life would imply much more if he was capable of truly take the step and be with Emma — he does attempt a couple of occasions, however she will inform his coronary heart isn’t absolutely there and she or he’s not prepared for having hers torn to items. And that’s the important thing to the present: making us imagine that these two characters collectively are a lot larger and higher than they’re individually.


At its core, One Day is all about seizing the, properly, day. Life is filled with highs and lows, and each completely satisfied second can be adopted by a deeply unhappy one, so why make it more durable on your self? This isn’t a brand new theme, after all, nevertheless it’s the fragile strategy to character constructing and development that will get this one over the sting for me. In a Hitchcockian means, we are able to’t cease however yell on the TV due to how these two are behaving, however in doing that, we’re appearing like the opposite half of their relationship. Dexter wants Emma to concentrate on what’s essential to him, Emma wants Dexter to inform her to give up messing round and truly end one thing for as soon as in her life. The query is, who will hear it first, and what’s going to that do to the opposite? Put together to snort, but in addition put together to cry. A 14-episode run looks like rather a lot by as we speak’s requirements (and I’ve seen a couple of critiques stating that it’s too lengthy), but each time an episode completed, I couldn’t press the “Subsequent Episode” button any quicker.


One Day is at the moment streaming on Netflix.


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