Tuesday, February 19, 2013
BE 'ENLIGHTENED!' by Pamela Powell
Reviewing a TV show isn't usually my thing. I review movies. I really don't have time to watch TV and what is available is just really such a waste of time. HOWEVER, while running on the treadmill, not finding a movie I hadn't seen, I came across 'Enlightened,' a new (to me) HBO Series. Laura Dern's face caught my eye. I loved her in so many movies like "Wild At Heart" and "Novocaine" to name a couple of films. Laura Dern and Mike White, among many other talented writers and producers, have joined forces to come up with a unique and creative show full of awkward adventures, relationship issues, and life questions. While on this entertaining journey of Amy's life, the story is sprinkled with humor and laughter which hooked me from the first episode. It continued to get better and better as I got to know each of the characters. My cardio also improved as I ended up running for an hour instead of 30 minutes just to catch the next installment! Had I have known the show could be cancelled, I would have savored each 30 minute episode and not blown them all in a couple week's worth of runs!
The cast of 'Enlightened' is remarkable! Dern is a 40-something recently divorced woman, who lost her position in her company, and now lives at home with her mother, Helen, played by Diane Ladd. Their relationship issues are so typical of the generations they are depicting that any daughter could relate to them. Amy's ex-husband is Levi played by Luke Wilson. Amy needs to be needed (Don't we all?) and wants to "save" Levi from himself. Work, friend, and love relationships are still things Amy is working out. Although Amy is our main character, the style of the show allows for each character to be the focal point. This enables the viewer to really get to know the character. Mike White plays Amy's co-worker in IT, Tyler. What a talented actor. You truly feel absolutely everything he is feeling. Your heart breaks when you hear him describe his insignificance in this world. That's what sets this TV series apart from anything else I have ever seen...you feel what each character is feeling. You can relate to each character whether they are male or female or young or old; there is a part of each of us in each of those characters. With the great writing that takes on a multitude of perspectives with believable characters and acting, you can't ask for more than this in any show.
Take the time to see this show which is still available on demand on HBO. You can also access it on your computer through their website, hbo.com/enlightened. If you enjoy it and want to see more (and you will!), LET HBO KNOW! Twitter @HBO or @EnlightenedUp or hbo.com or find HBO or Enlightened on Facebook. For direct links, you can find them on my facebook page as well...www.facebook.com/reelhonestreviews.