What is the new series of Phoebe Waller-Bridge worth
Faithful collaborator of Phoebe Waller-Bridge for many years, Vicky Jones presents “Run”, a series with acid humor led by Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson. Discover it on OCS on April 13.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?
The story of two former lovers who, 15 years ago, made a pact. A pact in which they agreed to disappear together if ever one of them, needing to escape from his life, had sent this simple and unique text saying: “RUN”.
Run, created and co-written by Vicky Jones, with Merritt Wever, Domhnall Gleeson and Archie Panjabi.
Available on OCS in US + 24 from April 13 – Episodes watched: 5
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE ?
Who is it with?
Run rests above all on its duo of actors, present in all the plans. In the skin of Ruby, a mother who is bored in her very – too – tidy daily life, viewers find Merritt Wever. The actress, crowned with two Emmy Awards for the series Nurse Jackie and Godless, recently appeared in Marriage Story by Noah Baumbach, alongside Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. She also gave the reply to Toni Collette in one of the shocks of the year 2019, Unbelievable, Netflix mini-series for which she was nominated for the Golden Globes the following year.
Facing her, Domhnall Gleeson embodies Billy, a former conquest of Ruby, who has become a famous personal development coach. For several years, the Irish actor has chained prestigious projects in front of the cameras of Darren Aronofsky (Mother!), Alex Garland (Ex Machina) or even Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant). Domhnall Gleeson also starred in two of the biggest movie franchises: Harry potter and the new trilogy of Star Wars, in the guise of General Hux. The two stars can count on the talent ofArchie Panjabi ((The Good Wife) in an amazing supporting role, by Stephen McKinley Henderson (Lady bird) who makes a simple appearance and even of Phoebe Waller-Bridge herself.
WELL WORTH A LOOK ?
Let us give back to Caesar what belongs to him. Presented as “the new series of Phoebe Waller-bridge“, Run is above all the fruit of the imagination of Vicky Jones, her friend and long-time collaborator, who notably staged the theatrical version of Fleabag. Thanks to its notoriety and its dazzling success, Phoebe Waller-bridge puts on her producer cap and allows the program to see the light of day on the American channel HBO. The original idea of Run Is simple. It is based on a promise: upon receipt of a simple keyword, two former lovers must drop everything to find themselves, regardless of the consequences. Everyone’s life has changed, personalities too, and the story will soon get complicated when unexpected events will shake up the passionate flight of the two heroes.
As its title suggests, the series is a real race against the clock, skillfully mixing codes, those of romantic comedy and thriller. Although the plot and characters are not written with as much bite as the other productions of Phoebe Waller-bridge, Run easily succeeds in taking viewers on a breathtaking trip. If the magic works, it is mainly thanks to the energy and the chemistry of the two main actors. Forget love at first sight love stories Notting Hill or When Harry meets Sally, Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson interpret two imperfect protagonists, who keep lying and manipulating themselves.
Imperfection at the heart of the story
This research into anti-perfection gives a refreshing aspect to the series, which builds on their faults with a good dose of dark humor. Vicky Jones does not hesitate to twist the cliché, as with Ruby. The scriptwriter sends waltzing injunctions made to mothers by writing the character of a woman who leaves her children and her husband behind with a whim, despite some remorse. Domhnall Gleeson sis doing very well, but all eyes are on Meritt Wever, always as excellent, which multiplies the crises of nerves for the great happiness of the public. The actress seduces thanks to a disconcerting naturalness, which makes her role sympathetic and credible.
In Run, the sets also play an important role in the interaction and the development of the characters, like that of the train. During the first episodes, much of the action takes place between the walls of the cars, where Ruby and Billy have no choice but to face each other. The narrow corridors and the discomfort of a sleeping cabin bring the heroes very close, giving rise to funny sequences where the actors have to deal with a very small space. The series leaves little room for boredom, everything goes very quickly, especially thanks to the short duration of the episodes – between 25 and 30 minutes each. Unable to reveal the twists and turns that intrigue the plot, however, they give a whole new dimension to the series, which is gaining interest from the fourth episode. Entertaining, funny, sometimes daring, Run can count on its talented actors to seduce the public, who should meet the meeting to better forget the current anxiety-provoking climate.