Netflix’s “Pieces of Her” shows the perfect example of the highs and lows of film

Netflix’s “Pieces of Her” shows the perfect example of the highs and lows of film

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The first season of the Netflix Original, “Pieces of Her,” was released on March 5 and contains eight episodes. The show is about a girl named Andy (Bella Heathcote) who realizes she knows more lies than truth about the people surrounding her after she and her mother, Laura (Toni Collette), were attacked in a café. She goes on a journey to figure out the truth. 

 This season really showcases the highs and lows of cinematography. The plot itself is good and so is the acting, besides some over-exaggeration here and there. The only problem is the actual film itself.

In general, there is consistency with the quality of each episode. My eyes were glued to the screen and I was fully engulfed in the show. However, there are moments that make you falter for a second, and it’s not because of the plot, it’s the actual cinematography. 

 There is specifically one scene that I noticed this in: a scene with a man on the phone, standing on what seems to be a terrace, talking about the attack. The scenery looks fake, as if he is standing in front of a green screen, which is completely fine, but at least try to make it look authentic. If he was actually standing outside, the video editors should work on their saturation skills: everything is a little too pigmented. 

My last key problem is the consistency with the time of each episode. Though the show is addictive, you can’t sit there and watch each episode. I found myself wondering when the episode would end, or sometimes even thinking I was already on the next episode. 

 Ranging from 42 minutes to over an hour, each episode is compacted with a lot of information. Though I completely understand why the season finale is long, the episodes in general should be shorter. This would also allow them to stretch out the number of episodes they release as well. 

Moral of the story: stop making documentary-level episodes. Episodes should be 45 minutes maximum. Also, the directors should have opted for more episodes instead of compacting each with boatloads of information.