Fall into the Gritty World of “Euphoria”

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Alex Joaquin, Staff Writer

“Every time I feel good, I think it’ll last forever, but it doesn’t.” 

This is a line said by the character Rue Bennett which is played by actress Zendaya on the hit show “Euphoria” (2019). A teen drama on HBO directed by Sam Levinson, the plot follows Zendaya’s character as a teen who leaves rehab but instead of trying to live a clean life, she dives back into drugs. 

Zendaya was awarded a best lead actress Emmy for her performance in the series at the 72nd Emmy Awards on Sept. 20, 2020. As an American adaptation, this show has some great elements. 

During the first few episodes, the protagonist, Rue, comes off as a weak character. It was not until the third episode where she finally has a goal. The side characters, including Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaghn, have interesting stories but as the show keeps going, Zendaya’s character develops more.

Every line said is executed perfectly, especially when Zendaya is under the influence of drugs. Nate, played by Jacob Elordi, does great as the protective guy while also being sinister and crazy. 

The entire cast does an excellent job playing their roles. Each has their own story or personal problem, one is dealing with an abusive relationship while another character deals with finding their sexuality.

One of my favorites has to be Fezco, played by Angus Cloud, a character who sells drugs to make ends meet. His character is three-dimensional and is never dull whenever on screen. 

Jules is another character from the show, trying to find her identity while also dealing with her sexuality. 

It is safe to say that the amount of exposition is executed perfectly with the use of show and tell. The backstory of each character works with flashback scenes that makes their story lines flow better. 

The show is beautifully crafted with cinematography that is mind blowing with its use of color schemes and set locations. Color plays a huge role in multiple scenes to help establish mood.

Overall, this show is a 10 out of 10. If you are looking for complex characters with outstanding performances and beautiful cinematography, you should definitely watch this show.