Netflix has certainly developed into a powerhouse company. Bringing on what I feel is the demise of the DVD and Blu-Ray industry and giving large studios runs for their money, Netflix streams all sorts of films and shows, as well as makes their own. I know their work with the comedy world as there is a plethora of comedy specials out on by Netflix. They’ve done work with Marvel to bring a few of the lesser characters to life (The Defenders came out the day before the time of this writing and I haven’t seen it yet).
I keep on on movie news occasionally but Ozark came out of nowhere. The show stars Jason Bateman as a financial planner that also launders money for a Mexican drug cartel. The show focuses on his life on the shady side of things and life with his family. The first episode sets up the premise of the show in that the main family has to leave Chicago and ends up in the Ozark region with a large amount of money to launder within a specific amount of time. Not meeting said deadline would result in certain death.
I got a very “Walter White” feel feel the main character. He seems like he could be a good guy but has taken some turns in life that have resulted in him being not the best with morality and such. I really like the “flawed” characters that have to struggle with their lives based on the decisions made to get them there. The entire family in this show kind of has the same struggle, whether it be the wife (played by Laura Linney), the obnoxious daughter, or the son with his violent curiosity.
The main character’s storyline of being the launderer is what kept me drawn to the show for the entire ten episodes. The daughter’s consistent flip-flopping between understanding and rebellion got tiring rather quickly. I fought the urge to fast-forward through scenes involving her repeatedly. The son gravitated towards the darker side of things in the show I guess as a defensive mechanism. He wanted to protect the family and was willing to go about it with violence and gun usage. A large part of the show was dedicated to the anxiety between the main character and his wife as it’s quickly revealed that she has cheated on him. This infidelity ends up involving the cartel in a way that make me chuckle repeatedly. It was fun how the infidelity was dealt with by the cartel.
I liked this show. Obviously there were some low points and some annoying aspects of it but the highlights clearly made the show worth it. I look forward to the evolving story of this money launderer and his family, wherever it will go. If there are any Breaking Bad fans out there, this seems like it could be right up their alley and I'd recommend it to them specifically. If you like good people doing bad things and eventually going down a bad path, I guess I recommend Breaking Bad and Ozark!