Flat, shallow, “We are the wave”: This is why the new Netflix series is not worth
The new German Netflix series was announced as the new interpretation of the Schullektüre classic “The Wave”. “We are the wave” now has almost nothing to do with the starting material, but that’s not the problem …
Morton Rhues novel “The Wave” is still one of many high schools determined the curriculum. So that the explosive material many will be familiar, makes it ideal course for adaptations – especially as the story is based on true events about the emergence of fascist structures is more relevant than ever today. The makers of the new German Netflix series “We are the wave” have now been inspired by this template, the familiar story but did not want to just warm up again, after they have successfully filmed this in 2008 with Jürgen Vogel in the lead role.
Instead, they miss the whole thing a 180 degree rotation with a different focus, which offers a completely new story and book and film connoisseurs – which ultimately but fails on many levels.
Completely new approach
The starting point of “We are the wave” is different from the real and fictionalized templates no school experiment an ambitious teacher, which then takes on a frightening shape. The eponymous movement arises this time from its own impetus of a group of young people – or at least from half-way on their own initiative, the outsiders Rahim get (Mohamed Issa), Zazie (Michelle Barthel) and Hagen (Daniel Friedl) and the well-heeled, but dissatisfied Lea ( Luise Befort) but a nudge from her mysterious new classmate Tristan (Simon Ludwig).
With his charm and world view of the rebel encouraged his new friends to rebel against the capitalist system and the ruling grievances, so perhaps to provide even more justice and equality. Together they start getting bolder protests that threaten but soon to get out of hand …
Once everything: At the cutting edge
Instead of a Nazi parable we get in “We are the wave” so rather left anarchy – and this is a quite smart and contemporary approach. In a time in which a fascist grouping has even made it into the Bundestag, it seems nowadays unfortunately obsolete closer accommodate unbelieving students the attraction of such flows. Instead, they are the next step and is dedicated to the response to these (and countless other social problems) and the mood that prevails nowadays in fact many young people. That while the more up to date wants to be, already makes the very first scene clearly for media joker.
Instead of a Nazi parable we get in “We are the wave” so rather left anarchy – and this is a quite smart and contemporary approach.
When the wave quintet in a Provident infiltrated the meeting of a political party called NFD, one must not only look at the little modified logo or the party colors in order to understand the AFD allusion. So looking forward to looking at it first, what do the makers of this particular current reference, are these first few minutes of “We are the wave” but actually already emblematic of the failings of the Netflix series – although the revealed until later partly right.
Mere finger pointing, nothing behind
The approach of “We are the wave” may be reasonably clever, the references are only partially and have probably something of silly parody as a critical analogy (next to the NFD there are about even the German weapons manufacturer hoe & Abt). You could undoubtedly still get over if the makers of the series at least had something to say.
The Chosen objectives are made not undeserved in the pillory, a mere finger-pointing is rarely comes out here. Rather than dealing really intense with a problem and so perhaps to stimulate an interesting discourse that many subjects covered are (with very few exceptions) simply ticked superficial and flat on the criticism of the system Checklist – of gentrification and climate change on meat consumption and capitalism to weapons violence and right. Perhaps here more would have been less.
Rather than dealing with a problem really intense and so perhaps to stimulate an interesting discourse that many subjects covered are (with very few exceptions) ticked simply superficial and flat on the criticism of the system checklist
Here, the foundation for an entertaining and enlightening series foods would be perfectly placed. have to and sometimes beyond the border illegally settled actions of the wave just with further progress aware of a slightly bitter taste, but fall also thanks to the brisk staging mostly once whimsically from (here most of the creative energy is probably flowed). Big plus here is the dynamics of the main characters.
Big plus here is the dynamics of the main characters.
Despite fluctuating theatrical quality within the clique of cohesion of the five youths in the center of the plot is accessed quickly – have what, above all, their leader and its occurrence large proportion. In Tristan, the authors carry much too thick (the newcomer is not only obercool, intelligent and good-looking, but can also play the piano and is fluent in Arabic). It is also striking thanks to actor Louis Simon ( “My devilishly good friend”) but not difficult to accept, as Tristan’s new classmates can be infected by the enthusiasm of the charming, but it certainly also manipulative daredevil.
About constructed plot
The first half of “We are the wave” thus gets far less to stumble as the second, where you still can make a piece fall far to the figure, preliminary work, but which is increasingly permeated by outrageous developments. Everything is eventually more bad than good subordinate to a pre-made plot. Linking obviously rigidly fixed in advance story stations is quite awkward.
Linking obviously rigidly fixed in advance story stations is quite awkward.
The little credible as on professional preparation of some actions (which is probably not hardly shown no reason) often stands in stark contrast to her bumbling failure. In Torn story strands such as the danger of the momentum (after all, the essence of the document (s)) or a dark secret of Tristan are partly dropped suddenly at odds with previous events, to bend only to the story unconvincing in a certain direction.
After all, over quickly
There has to be more dramatic? Then we let our police cartoon but shoot a multi-lane highway across our protagonists. The shaft should inject at one of the largest defense companies in Europe? As our figures why not take a student internship (!) In the arms factory to sneak past the three (!) Incompetent guards.
The Good: Before the wave series really silted up because of all these problems, the whole thing is already over. Real lengths do not come in just six episodes of the first season at least, a lasting impression but not leaving the seen.
The Good: Before the wave series really silted up because of all these problems, the whole thing is already over.
This wave will remain flat. The makers of “We are the wave” guide their project with good intentions and a few engaging protagonists first in exciting tracks. The insubstantial and constructed processing of actually as relevant topics can be the effect of the promising substance but fizzle out quickly.
The insubstantial and constructed processing of actually as relevant topics can be the effect of the promising substance but fizzle out quickly.
All six episodes of the first season of “We are the wave” can be downloaded now from Netflix.