Curon Review – Starts on sluggish mode and ends with gripping moments

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Curon Review – Starts on sluggish mode and ends with gripping moments

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Format: Web Series
Platform: Netflix
Movie Rated: 18+
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Digital Premiere Date: 10 June 2020

 

What’s it all about? 
Set against the backdrops of Curon Venosta, a village located in Italy’s Alto Adige region, the story revolves around Anna (Valeria Bilello), who left this place 17 years ago after the mysterious death of her mother. She comes back with her twin children – Dario (Margherita Morchio) and Mauro (Federico Russo) to meet her father Thomas (Luca Lionello), who isn’t happy about their arrival. In not less than a couple of days, Anna goes missing and that’s when the kids along with their newfound pals in the neighbourhood set out to find her, only to unravel the shocking truth about this mysterious village involving resonating bell sounds from the tower located at the middle of an isolated lake, the unexplained ghostly apparitions, and its aftermath consequences. 

 
Performances 
The star-cast is limited to minimal numbers and it’s indeed an easy task to cherry-pick the best ones. Margherita Morchio, playing the rebellious Daria and Federico Russo playing the role of Mauro, her twin is the showstoppers. The way, the writers have crafted their characterizations deserve extols, and in fact, that’s one among the fewest appreciations that this series can take a cakewalk with. Although Luca Lionello has minuscule prominence playing Anna’s father and grandfather to Daria and Mauro, he exerts an impeccable spell. What’s the major challenge that all these artistes have in ‘Curon’ is playing dual shades. However, there isn’t much get from Valeria Bilello, playing the role of Anna. However, Alessandro Tedeschi on his part gives his best, mostly through his expressive eyes. Precisely, all the actors get to unleash their potentials only by the final episode. 
 
Analysis 
The first and foremost thing that imbibes you into the world of ‘Curon’ is the subject and premise it owns. Having found dozens of mysteries and supernatural thrillers in Netflix, this one lands upon a unique ground. What stands out to be an intriguing part is the locations that send out a beam of mysteries, especially the bell tower amidst the silent lake surrounded by the mountains. When an auteur manages to commute the viewers right into the location that is developed for the plot, half the job is done. Accordingly, Curon scores brownie points in this aspect. As mentioned in the performances column, the characterizations depicted with ‘Dualities’, which indeed is the main subject works out. But when it becomes too repetitive, we tend to lose out on the interest. Having watched the trailer and the number of episodes limited to just 7, you might be brimmed with certain assumptions to expect lots of twists and edge-seated, only to get them on a full dose by the last 2 chapters. Undoubtedly, the final one ‘The Maze’ offers sumptuous thrills with a perfect end and groovy hinting on what’s going to be the major plot in next season. It looks like the writers were slightly pecked by Stephen King’s works. 


 

Technical aspects 
It’s the brilliant visuals that instantly grab our attention in the first place. Significantly, the locations are yet another emblazonment. However, over usage of tilt-ups and the jarring BGM could have been avoided. 
 
Highlights 
The final two episodes possess lots of intensity to keep us engaged. The narrative part is gripping here. 
 
Drawbacks 
It takes nearly 3-4 episodes to establish the characters and premise, which has a sluggish narration. 
 
Did I enjoy it? 
Got better only with the 5th episode and its preceding ones were mediocre. 
 
Do I recommend it and why? 
Having said that the show gets gripping after the 5th episode, it would be a treat for mystery-thriller genre lovers as they would have the patience to see the story and characters shaped slowly. 
 

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