High Fidelity Season 1 Review

High Fidelity Season 1 Review

This is a mostly spoiler-free review for Hulu’s reboot of High Fidelity, with all 10 episodes now available to stream. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] In episode 2 of Hulu’s gender-flipped adaptation of the Nicholas Hornby novel High Fidelity, Rob (the incomparable Zoe Kravitz) breaks down the seven rules for organizing the perfect mixtape. Yes, you read that right. Suspend your disbelief that New Yorkers in their late twenties are still consistently making mixtapes for each other (at least she does it on Spotify). Anyway, here are the rules — which will make the idea of creating your own mix actually seem fun: Gotta be entertaining. Needs to tell a story. Don’t be too obvious, but [it] can’t be too obscure either. Can’t double up on songs by the same artist, unless that’s your theme. The most important track is #1. It’s gotta be familiar, but also unexpected. Most importantly, it’s gotta make you feel good. Track 2, there needs to be an element of surprise. What you’re saying is, “keep listening. There might be more here than I thought.” Before we get to rule 7, let’s start with whether or not the High Fidelity makes it through the first six. Yes and no. If we consider the opening episode, “Top Five Heartbreaks” our first track, High Fidelity pulls off a lofty goal: it hones in on what made the John Cusak-helmed rom-com drama compelling with a heavy-hearted, complicated protagonist struggling to understand their own culpability and faults in failed love. Kravitz’s Rob is every bit as charming, flawed, and frustratingly selfish as Cusak in the 2000 film. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=midseason-tv-2020-34-shows-we-cant-wait-to-watch&captions=true”] (Side note: some critics felt Kravitz’s glamorous presence made for a mismatch in casting and a distraction, but Rob is relatively financially stable, owns her own record shop, and has the most gorgeous, successful men and women of NYC throwing themselves at her feet, so her casting makes sense. What’s more distracting is how she affords her large Brooklyn apartment when Champion Records only seems to attract paying customers on Saturdays.) In the first episode of the 10-part series, a fourth-wall breaking Rob is still reeling from a relationship that ended a year ago, when she attempts to go on a first date. Her suitor, Clyde (Jake Lacy), bores her at first until they sink into a charming flirtatious rhythm, bonding over his flimsy appreciation for the song “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac…
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