Teens Charlie and Nick discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love in this coming-of-age series.
Runtime: 1 Season
Starring: Kit Connor, Joe Locke, William Gao, Yasmin Finney, Corinna Brown, Kizzy Edgell, Tobie Donovan, Rhea Norwood, Jenny Walser, Sebastian Croft, Cormac Hyde-Corrin, Fisayo Akinade, Chetna Pandya, Olivia Colman, Stephen Fry
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“Heartstopper” is a British series adapted from a web comic of the same name. It tells the story of two British teens, Nick Nelson and Charlie Spring, at an all boys’ grammar school. Charlie, a high-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, who are made to sit together in class. Their friendship quickly becomes something more for openly gay Charlie, although initially he does not believe he has a chance with Nick. However, love works in surprising ways, and Nick is more interested in Charlie than either of them realised.
Most of the main cast of “Heartstopper” are newcomers to the world of acting, but you really can’t tell, they all just acted like normal teenagers going through this tough period in their lives and whilst still staying true to their character. The whole cast were brilliant but the performances of Joe Locke and Kit Connor really stood out for me. They both did such excellent jobs bringing their characters to life and acting like nervous high schoolers who don’t fully understand things. It also wasn’t just the main cast who did amazing jobs but, the side characters as well. Sebastian Croft, who plays Ben, did a scarily good job of making Ben so menacing that there’s no way anybody could like him at all.
The series has a total runtime of about four hours and during that time we see Charlie and Nick’s friendship’s develop as well as the additional stories of Tao, Zack, Elle, Tara, Darcy and Imogen. They all have interesting stories that blend in seamlessly with the main story of Charlie and Nick. As I mentioned earlier, it’s a simple premise of teenagers growing up but it is done very well.
I really liked the cinematography – visually it has been made to look like a comic book, lots of bright solid colours, scene changes that mimic comic strip boxes and there are the occasional animated drawn images that add to the story and show what the characters are feeling. The soundtrack is also really good, even though it is not my usual choice of music it fits in with the story and imagery perfectly.
I had never read “Heartstopper”, but after watching the series in one evening I have just ordered the paperback version of the web comic because I really want to know what happens next.
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