Living with Yourself Review - Death by boredom

Living with Yourself Review - Death by boredom

The Netflix series titled, ‘Living with Yourself’ is premised around cloning. An infuriated Miles (Paul Rudd) finds himself fighting a mid-life crisis. He was the star of his creative team, and his awe-inspiring ideas sounded like therapy to most of his clients. But something happens, and Miles gets caught in that vicious circle of life where the mundane rigmarole of going to the office and coming back home! His performance at work deteriorates enormously. No one looks up to him. His wife Kate (Aisling Bea) tries her best to keep with the spark in the relationship, but finds herself on a defeated plane, as Miles just isn’t trying as much. He seems to realize that age has got the better of him, and he has nothing to look forward to. One day, while hankering around at the bar, Mile gets to speak to his colleague who asks Miles to visit a ‘SPA’ (to comes back with a resurrected version of himself). A million questions seem to pop in Miles mind. You will see him unconsciously staring at the visiting card provided, and will keep it back, and repeats the process many times, till finally, he makes the call. The receiver on the other end of the call asks him to deposit a voluptuous sum for the treatment. A desperate Miles withdraws his savings and goes to the spa. On the return, there are two versions of Miles! One version of Miles in his own house, with his wife Kate, and the other (the older version) is found waking from the dead, literally at the graveyard. Critical take Now the plot is interesting. It compels the onlooker to think that it is essential to revitalize oneself from time to time. And perhaps, a futuristic way would involve the creation of clones costing an arm and a leg. Timothy Greenberg has created the plot insightfully, but the direction suffers hugely because it can simply bore a viewer to death. How would you like to sit back and constantly go into the flashback of two individuals? So basically, you visit the life of the new Miles and how he got into a particular situation, and then you would view it from the point of view of the older Miles, and then, by the time you come to the actual situation you’ve lost the plot, OR are simply bored to death. This goes on incessantly for eight episodes that pan on for a good 43 minutes (on an average). The play of light is equally misleading. One cannot tell if the times are gloomy or happy. Kate's (Aisling Bea) emotions on screen are not very pronounced. The only time I saw her react fittingly was when she discovers that the man she was sleeping with, was her husband’s clone. The dualities don’t arrive at a constructive end. But I must add, that Paul Rudd is shown playing both the Miles with absolute panache! One can tell the differences between the two characters, and each can be singled out with certain distinct identities, in spite of being (playing) clones. Well, I could also add here, didn’t Kate find the differences fishy? The drama is slightly underplayed and could have proved to be a more catchy series if the director steered things in a more favourable direction. Rating: 2/5


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