In the new Netflix series Ratched (2020), the show explores the life and backstory of Nurse Mildred Ratched who is a character adaptation from the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The series was developed by Ryan Murphy and stars Sarah Paulson as Nurse Mildred Ratched, Finn Wittrock, Cynthia Nixon, Jon Jon Briones, Judy Davis and Sharon Stone. YouTuber James Profetto from the channel Reel James shares his thoughts on the Netflix thriller.
The cinematography here was actually really excellent. Ryan Murphy shows have this knack of just getting you in the time period and nailing that vibe. There’s a lot of vintage feel to it.
The YouTuber notes the visually rich scenes throughout the series ranging anywhere from the scene settings and backgrounds, the costume design and detail as well as the usage of vibrant pops of color do an excellent job in emphasizing the time period and the mood the show is trying to convey.
Despite a visually stunning appearance, James feels the tone of the show is pulling into so many directions as a dark comedy, a romantic story, a thriller and is unable to create cohesion for the storyline, which after the first two episodes start to decline.
The writing in the show also became really cringe-worthy to a certain degree because they tried to be so darn deep, but every time they tried to get really deep in their meaning I just shook my head because it came off as really pretentious sometimes and other times it was way too on the nose, so you never found a decent balance of both.
The YouTuber also finds the show's depiction of Nurse Ratched backstory and the complexity of her character ultimately present her as less scary than she is supposed to be seen as.
Nurse Ratched’s mysterious past was really the reason why I feared her in the original film … she was just ruthless she was just evil … here yes she’s an evil character, but the more and more you start to peel back the layers of Mildred Ratched, the less scary this character is.
YouTuber James Profetto from the channel Reel James rates and reviews movies and TV shows on his channel regularly.