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EASY, a nicely written, down-to-earth romantic series


From writer/ director Joe Swanberg, Netflix's Easy is an intriguing trip into the worlds of many different people living in Chicago, in our times. They don't all connect, but some of them do, more or less directly. Either way, they share most of the information they consume, the culture of Chicago and their relentless search for humanity. Plus, its filled with cool actors and actresses, not to mentions it deals with so many different and difficult topics. And all through the means of natural dialogue.


"Always with a soft touch for the nuances of love in its many forms, Joe Swanberg's filmmaking career is dotted with contemplative explorations of how individuals find happiness through each other. So it makes sense his first foray into serialized television — as a creator, writer and director of all episodes — combines the best of both worlds, films and love, all told within his favorite city. From a lovingly-captured Chicago, Easy functions as a series of short films, 25-30 minutes apiece, with each episode tracking a new couple’s singular journey.

A favorite among the independent film community, Swanberg has gathered a consummate group of actors with various degrees of experience to give life to each of his stories. Orlando Bloom and Malin Akerman, for instance, only appear in one episode, while Aya Cash, Dave Franco, Michael Chernus and a few others pop up a few times. Yet very little crossover occurs until the later episodes, and while there is a definitive tone to the overall experience — as well as an ingrained appreciation for the blue collar aesthetics of Chicago — it seems fitting to judge each entry on its own basis before passing judgment on the eight-episode whole." (Indiewire)


"The most successful episodes are the ones that contain the least amount of fat. The best of the bunch is the fifth episode, where Marc Maron plays a barely-concealed version of himself; an artist who pushes loved ones away by including them in his work. His career is going nowhere, then he meets a selfie-obsessed student and things progress from there. It is the perfect story for a show like Easy. Within half an hour we’ve met the characters, established a world, travelled through three broad beats of a story and said goodbye again.

If the whole series had the focus of Maron’s episode, Easy would make countless end-of-year best-of lists. However, it has plenty of dips along the way. One episode is about a man struggling to balance his impending fatherhood with his brother’s madcap business ideas. But, given that the brother is played by Dave Franco, and the business idea is an illegal artisanal small-batch brewery, you just spend half an hour wishing you could punch Dave Franco in the face." (The Guardian)

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" The naturalism of mumblecore has found its way into “Easy,” too, with conversations and, perhaps more notably, sex scenes that feel raw, unmediated, and authentic. It’s remarkable how lived-in Swanberg manages to make scenes with recognizable actors like Orlando Bloom, Elizabeth Reaser, Michael Chernus, and Malin Akerman. Actors clearly like working with Swanberg; the cast includes Aya Cash, Dave Franco, Zazie Beetz, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Emily Ratajkowski, Raúl Castillo, and Jake Johnson. Swanberg excels at bringing the best out of his actors, and the partnership between apparently at-ease actor and apparently invisible camera creates an atmosphere so lived-in that it’s both welcoming and suffocating. People, and intimacy, are what fascinates Swanberg’s lens in “Easy” — the auteur wrote and directed all eight episodes." (Indiewire)

Easy has two seasons.

"You can jump right into season two without watching any of season one. All the stories are self-contained and reach some kind of meaningful resolution at the end. Then, if you feel like it, you can back up and watch season one — and I bet that if you do, some of the recurring characters’ stories from earlier in the show’s run will have a “flashback” feeling. What’s particularly intriguing from the standpoint of form is the way the show splits the difference in season two between an anthology format, where you are introduced to some new characters at the start of an episode and then follow their stories for a half hour and never see them again, and a more traditional series where major characters pop up again regularly." (Vulture)

Check out the trailer below.

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