Picture by Arushi Rawat
The Perfect Imperfections of All of Us
"This Is Us", created by Dan Fogelman, is built around four characters who share the same birthday. It is a heartwarming and emotional story about the struggles and life of a unique set of triplets and their wonderful parents. This show celebrates the ordinary rhythms of family life, the unflashy joys of loving and the occasional frustration towards one's parents, or the desire to shoot the breeze with your siblings.
It is beautifully acted, most notably by Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown & Milo Ventimiglia, whose character seems to be peoples' favourite. The film validates its characters' flaws and does not bow down to hysterical dramatics, which the viewers feel makes it all the more authentic!
NBC's family drama with more than six awards is the show where big, tragic things can and do happen (parents die, long-absent fathers return, breakdowns occur). Still, crucially, Fogelman (creator) never forgets that it's often the tiny moments that count on the most; for instance, that trip to the museum you took with your family or the time you got off at the wrong station. It's about all the things people might deal with but the storyline and the characters make it so much more than that which is beautifully executed.
It talks about birth, death, reunion, career crises, self-doubts, self-affirmations, heart-to-hearts, reconciliations, and never fails to make viewers feel extraordinary. Possibly one of the best things in this show is the ability of an American family to reach the hearts of audiences across the globe. It does so in a manner that manages to speak across cultures and resonate with audiences only because of its characters and well-thought storylines.
However, in some instances, it can work against the show. A plethora of emotions are poured into scenes that are so intensely deep that to switch to another scene eventually has the potential to ruin the buildup. The situations might occasionally be trite, but the characters never are, and because of that, we, the viewers, go along with even the schmaltziest of twists.
At times, it tries to make viewers see their life resonating through this show. It does so by displaying common notions and problems that most people face; problems that might seem a bit overcrowded at times, but never does the screenplay or the acting lets us feel that. This is what turned out to be wrong with the beginning of the latest season. Even though it shows the transition to the almost apocalyptic pandemic society we seem to live in now, it throws at us emotions, situations, and current happenings for the audiences to digest within a few scenes.
It is the kind of show that tries to make you feel and think. You may realize how the storyline is so simple and, to some extent, clichéd. Yet, you still like it because of everything it has to offer, which sets this show apart from most. Not the ending, but the characters' journey in- between.
It is an amazingly executed drama that's so much more than it what it looks like at the surface level. It is worth a watch even if you're not interested in watching an intense drama. It is possibly one of those shows with feelings of "warmth" and its own unique voice that you might not be able to resist this decade.