Afterparty Review: Going Back to High School Can Kill You

It’s easy to appreciate The party after thata new Apple TV Plus show that talks about two universal truths: Things are never as bad (or as good) as they were in high school, and no one has a more reliable memory than our own.

The new comedy comes from Christopher Miller, who is famous for collaborating with Phil Lord on films like The movie 21 street jumps and Lego movies. Like other projects, The party after that equally creative and fun, bringing together an all-star cast in a genre-bending series that examines a murder from eight different angles, each in a different genre style. Its first three episodes – all of which are available today – move from romantic comedy to action to musical, and part of the fun is seeing what the show will do with the next episode.

The basics were the same each time: It was a 15-year reunion of the whole class in 2006 at a California high school. This reunion particular is a little more flashy than most, as Xavier (Dave Franco) has been a pop superstar since graduation and is throwing a party afterwards in his beach mansion he. But the aforementioned party ends with Xavier rushing to his death, and detectives Danner and Culp (Tiffany Haddish and John Early) stepping in. There’s the sweet nerd Aniq (Sam Richardson), his best friend and still aspirational musician Yasper (Ben Schwartz), the good-natured and sassy Zoë (Zoë Chao), the nerdy former bully Brett (Ike Barinholtz), the famous Chelsea girl (Ilana Glazer), and the quirky wallflower Walt (Jamie Demetriou). They are all suspects, and they all have a different version of the events of the night.

Ben Schwarz sings in front of the mic with three women backup vocals in Apple TV Plus'The Afterparty

Photo: Apple TV Plus

Each The party after that‘S The episodes revolve around a character’s narration during the night, colored by the perspective they bring to the reunion. Aniq’s version is colored by rom-com sweetness, as he arrives in the hope of reconnecting with Zoë, his former lab partner and lover. Brett, still under the illusion that he is a shooter, portrays the evening as a lousy action movie where he jumps over the hood of a car and engages in a very angry match with Xavier, a real celebrity. And, in an early twist, Yasper, still a big dreamer, recounts that night as a comedic musical, where each part of the reunion is a small but melodramatic step toward finally getting his big break (except, you know, the whole murder part). The series only really sags when a character’s perspective doesn’t quite fit the genre in which their story is told – an episode that makes a brave attempt to turn the night into a horror movie stereotype, but the lack of stock made the movie a mess.

Danner and the Ground Culp The party after thatTheir antics, not because they are less funny than any other, but because they follow each episode the show throws at viewers. That way, if you’re more interested in laughter than fan theories, you can feel confident that you’re not missing anything. However, the program is also Very carefully constructed, with careful overlap and conflicting accounts and motives a lot of to speculate more.

It is also a program that is less fragmented than its structure. The party after that off – determined to solve the case on his own (he designs escape rooms, so he at least qualifies as a cop). As each character recounts their respective flashback, Aniq enlists Yasper’s help in his concurrent investigation. This gives The party after thatThe poignant supporting cast gets even more time to shine when the flashback story doesn’t necessarily involve them and leaves every episode with a sense of momentum despite the constant flashbacks.

Aniq and Yasper find clues in Apple TV Plus'The Afterparty

Photo: Apple TV Plus

Where is this The party after that really become the end of Clue – you know, where Tim Curry ran around the entire mansion to research his conclusions? – spanning the entire series. Just this time it was Sam Richardson apologizing his way through a beachfront singles beach pulling Ben Schwartz behind him, and Ben Schwartz was his kind. Parks and Recreation character but one small more chill. If that sounds appealing to you, you’ll have a hard time waiting for new episodes of The party after that every week.

However, the best part of The party after that not in the category tricks. It’s that, with its incredible economy, the show’s writers and performers build its characters beyond the mold, where people are shaped by the things that have hurt them. hurt when they were young. The highs of high school are fleeting, but perhaps it’s the lows that define us – which becomes even more apparent as we’re telling our own stories. Because we are all heroes in our own stories, even if that story ends with a murder.

The first three episodes of The party after that is currently streaming on Apple TV Plus, with new episodes airing every Friday.

https://www.polygon.com/reviews/22907045/the-afterparty-review-apple-tv-plus Afterparty Review: Going Back to High School Can Kill You

Aila Slisco

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