Looks-wise it is stunning, but story-wise it is a big mess.
When I first saw the trailer of “Ratched” on Netflix’s youtube channel, I was impressed with the kind of production values and the thrilling moments in that 2.5 mins trailer. Slowly after that, I started learning about the main lead character, Nurse Ratched. Basically, Nurse Ratched is one of the characters from 1962’s Novel ‘One Flew over the cuckoo’s nest’, and there is a film with the same name from 1975. Considered as one of the greatest movies ever made, this film is at no 33 on the list of American greatest films ever made. So, this series is based on the character Nurse Ratched and, it is like a prequel to that film. This is the context for this titular role & series. Of course, it’s not a mandatory thing to watch that film first if you are considering watching this series.
Now let’s talk about this series. Frankly to say, I do not quite know what to make of this. The production values are high, the settings and costumes are impressive, and the acting mostly good, albeit with a tendency to being over the top. Sarah Paulson as Nurse Ratched is good but in a few scenes, I felt she couldn’t pull it off.
The story of this series, however, is such a mess. The initial trailer has conveyed that it is a psychological thriller, but I didn’t feel so while watching it. It is overly melodramatic and at the same time not very interesting too. Also, the scenes of violence have an alienating effect and do not fit in with the rest of the plot. The ending of this series is not that justifying. Now Netflix has announced its season 2 also. Not sure how the progress would be. We must wait & see at least if they come up with an interesting season 2. The soundtrack (apparently recycled film music) that dominates almost every scene drowns the whole thing in pompous symphony.
I am not highly recommending this series, but if you have time and in case if you have an interest in checking out rich film making style, then give it a try. As I told cinematography & production values are fantastic.
“Ratched” is just average, it could have been great.