By Sneha Jaiswal (Twitter | Instagram)
For the last 2-3 years, ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid has been all over the internet, in the ‘book corners’ obviously. And I’ve mentally debated a bunch of times if I should buy the novel, and then Prime Video dropped a trailer for the adaptation of the story and I went “wohooo, I don’t have to read the book, I’ll just watch the show”. And hence, here we are…
The limited series, created by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, features Riley Keough as singer Daisy Jones, the protagonist who transforms the fortunes of the band “The Six” after their lead singer, Billy Dunne (played by Sam Claflin), derails their chance at global stardom due to his drug addiction, right after the release of their first album.
Plot-wise, one can just guess from the trailer what’s going to happen and it’s the same old rock-n-roll story we’ve seen time and again. A boy band from a small city hustles and hustles and hustles, until they manage to get their one big shot. Once they cut a record, they are doing drugs, having sex with groupies, ultimately ruining their career before it has a chance to take off.
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The cinematography, 70s rock-n-roll era setups, and solid soundtrack are what really draw you into “Daisy Jones & The Six,” making the first three episodes worth watching. While the dialogue doesn’t particularly stand out and there’s very little humor or punchlines, most of the featured songs so far sound like they could be hits. The first song Daisy records with Billy, called “Honeycomb” (also featured in the trailer), has a hook that goes, “we can make a good thing bad,” which is the kind of number many viewers would likely search for online after the show is over.
Sam Claflin looks like a rockstar from the 70s as Billy Dunne, but there’s nothing to like about the character. Billy Dunne is the dude who is so scared of being a douchebag that he doubles his douchebag act and ends up being a bigger jerk than ever. If life was fair, people like Dunne wouldn’t get second chances. Riley Keough on the other hand is charming and sassy as Daisy Jones. Camilla Moronne plays Camilla Dunne, Billy’s girlfriend turned wife and reminded me of a young Liv Tyler from the 1996 movie ‘That Thing You Do’ which also followed the adventures of a band. Tom Wright is intimidatingly good as music industry bigwig Teddy Wright, who helps both Daisy Jones and ‘The Six’ get their bearings right. Episode three ends just when things get interesting.
It’s a 7 on 10 from me. Stream the show on Prime Video.
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