In the world of television and movies and, well, almost every other art-form in existence, millennials get a bad wrap. They’re treated as self-involved half-wits who have no understanding of the world at large. And, sometimes, this portrayal comes from artists from the generation itself. It’s for this reason that when a piece of media comes along that takes a different approach to a group of humans blamed for the death of everything from the housing market to soft drinks, it should be applauded with the hope more like it will come down the pipeline. And that’s exactly where things fall for Hulu’s High Fidelity.
Based on the 2000 film and 1995 novel of the same name, High Fidelity follows the life of Rob, a Brooklyn record store owner in a rut one year after having her heart broken by the love of her life, Mac. But, with the help of some relentless compatriots, her downer days may soon be at their end.
When the show begins, it feels like another derivative, millennial centric bore about a hapless main character with no sense of self. But, by the end of the first episode, the series finds a wholesome groove that serves a world that’s grounded while remaining unique.
Zoë Kravitz’s Rob is a fun character with a sense of morality and heart that just doesn’t know how to properly utilize those attributes until tested by the world in some very comical ways. She’s a wholly watchable person surrounded by people ready to do anything they can to help prevent her from stumbling again.
Quite frankly, High Fidelity features one of the most realistic portrayals of a positive friendship seen in quite some time.
Additionally, the series at no point paints its group of misfits as spaced out weirdos. These are people fully capable of functioning in the harsh reality that is New York City. Rob, in particular, is still a business owner at the end of the day and believing that doesn’t require a leap in logic of any kind on behalf of the audience.
Overall, High Fidelity is a high-quality half-hour show that brings some laughs, lots of character and plenty of real-world antics that make it a must-watch for the new year. If this is where Hulu is starting with its high profile 2020 rollouts, then we’re in for a real treat as the months roll on.
High Fidelity premieres Friday, February 14th on Hulu