Behind Her Eyes review – a deceiving thriller that will leave you gobsmacked The most outrageous affair.

February 16, 2021
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

The ultimate question is — Are the six chapters worth the twist? And the answer is a resounding yes.

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3.5

Summary

The ultimate question is — Are the six chapters worth the twist? And the answer is a resounding yes.

This review of Netflix Limited series Behind Her Eyes contains no spoilers. The thriller will be released on the series on February 17, 2021.

Netflix has been releasing limited series for a while, but after The Queen’s Gambit, there was a shift in mood in the PR. Maybe the streaming service does not need to entirely throw all their eggs at multi-season series hoping that the viewership lands every time. There’s plenty of one-off best-selling books to grasp, making a nicely contained series to get everyone talking. Something is satisfying about one-time series — knowing that there will be a conclusion.

But what’s so bewildering about Behind Her Eyes is that viewers have no idea what that conclusion will be. Of course, if you know the source material, you will be smirking at the naive participators; this story audaciously turns on its head in the final two chapters. The book has such a shocking ending that those purchasing it are warned not to spread the spoilers. It’s got a pop-culture impact for its twist alone.

Netflix’s Behind Her Eyes follows an outrageous affair; Louise (played by Simona Brown) is the secretary of new psychiatrist David (played by Tom Bateman), who moves into the area with his elusive wife, Adele (played by Eve Hewson). The night before he starts his new job, Louise bumps into David at a bar, and they share a kiss, unbeknown that they will be working with each other the next day. What follows is steaminess, confusion and a twisty backstory. Louise feels like an audience member, who befriends the wife while f*cking the husband while trying to understand a highly dysfunctional and mysterious dynamic.

The first half of the series is purposefully layered; there are many cues, and plot points dropped to form the viewer’s imagination when the shocking ending arrives. Behind Her Eyes is the perfect example of hindsight being a wonderful thing. The best twists are always the ones that bowl you over. But this feels like whiplash; when you reach the fifth episode, it’s difficult to comprehend that this is the same story, such is the wildness in transition.

Some quarters will be dismayed by the transition, believing that the ending requires too much suspension of disbelief — I know some critics are hurt by not capturing the ultimate story arc, but judging by the novel’s promotional efforts, I suspect that this is not a story that’s meant to be guessed. It’s meant to be shocking, and I was duly gobsmacked by how it unfurled.

In practice, Behind Her Eyes is a two-part series; the first half establishes the personality, while the second half slowly unveils the hell that the characters have to endure. I sincerely enjoyed the Britishness engrained in the story; there’s an inkling of humor, mainly delivered by Louise in the most serious moments — it’s that awkward politeness allows the audience to endear with her.

In the early chapters, the performances are hammy, and some of the dialogue is too transparent for its own good — Netflix’s Behind Her Eyes was clearly storyboarded into an adaptation; it chooses to make sure lines noticeable so that in the finale there’s an understanding of why it was said.

The ultimate question is — Are the six chapters worth the twist? And the answer is a resounding yes. This is not a perfect adaptation by any stretch of the imagination, but it has that conversation factor; audiences will definitely be sharing their opinions.

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