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Completely new is the kind of sublime romantic escapism that’s hard to create and too easy to dismiss. Spiced with moments of wonderful humor, lovely romance and a few gut punches, this Netflix adaptation of Tembi Locke’s memoir is a series that will make you appreciate what you have and yearn for what you don’t have.
There are some shows that get under your skin and offer you such a wide variety of emotions that you can’t help but fall for them. The kind of show that gives you those feel-good emotions while giving you that good plaintive scream. Well, maybe even two. That Netflix adjustment of New York Times best seller Completely new is this series that’s not ashamed to easily manipulate very serious issues and offer a healthy dose of frosting. One thing you can’t argue with, though, is how entertaining the entire experience can be, thanks to charismatic leads and a wide cast of talented actors.
Based on the memoirs From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily and Finding Homethe story follows Amahle “Amy” Wheeler (Zoe Saldana), an American law student who just wanted to do something funny. Amy takes time off from law school to study art in Florence. Her experience would even make Elizabeth Barrett Browning blush as the young woman finally opens up to life’s experiences. As a Mecca of European art, culture and politics, it aims to absorb Renaissance art, architecture and monuments. Of course her new friend and boss Sloane (Ruby chamber), tells Amy that the city is more than just a travel guide. what should a girl do Sloane says messing with a lover should be fun.
And she does. Amy meets a young handsome wealthy local man named Giancarlo (Giacomo Gianniotti), a man who struts around like a young Victor Garber and sits around cafes signaling baristas that he will pick up the check from any American art student he finds attractive. Do not get me wrong; this is an excellent job if you can get it. Giancarlo is like an all-access pass to Florence’s art scene and seems to have an inordinate amount of free time during the day. Yet he is not an artist or creator; the man is a collector of beautiful things.
But Amy happens to meet another man with funny shoes and a fondness for wild goats. His name is Lino (Eugenio Masteandrea), the exact definition of Italian tall, dark and handsome. As a chef at a local place, he immediately casts a spell on Amy. Lino is an artist himself, but his palette consists of fine pieces of white porcelain. He cooks a sensational meal for her. We’re talking about so much food here that a Vegas buffet would close for the day. Regardless, the heat between Lino and Amy is obvious. These two can’t ignore each other’s lustful stares all the time between each sensual course.
This is your default setting Completely newfrom series creators and sisters, Edgar Allen Poe-winner Attica (Blue Bird, Blue Bird) and Tembi Locke, on whose beloved memoir the story is based. The show is meant to be entertaining, spiced with moments of humor, romance and gut punches. Aside from a beautiful performance from Saldaña, the show’s lead, the secret weapon could be the show’s deep bench. Masteandreas Lino has a wonderfully dry performance, especially when the series transitions into a fish-out-of-water dramedy. On the other hand, the invaluable Keith David, who plays Amy’s father Hershel, is so good here in his arc of outspoken assertiveness, hilarious pinching and strutting cowboy hat, skeptical father-in-law to Lino’s surrogate patriarch. The series will make any fan of the genre swoon while being romantic, even sexy, very funny and evoking tears of joy and sorrow.
One point of criticism would be that the romance between Lino and Amy could still be a bit of a dream of the future. However, the series is always entertaining and hits the sweet spot when the families interact. Tembi and Attica Locke seem to specialize in the Kulturkampf as a storytelling tool to show how families are formed and even come together. Netflix Completely new is a romance that looks at life through rose-colored glasses, including scenes of happiness, romance, intimacy and, yes, even when things get more serious.
Since this is a memoir, I guess I can’t question some of the issues with the script. Still, they have many classic clichés. One of them is money, which is not a relatively easy topic to solve. There’s the climax of giving up a prestigious career like law school to create art, all too often not based on reality. Then there are some issues with dialogue and how a young child can speak eloquently constructed sentences when talking about his mother’s “husband”, which was odd. Or even the haunting facts of palliative care can be washed away here. (Anyone who has seen the movie Our friend or have worked in hospice care can attest to these realities). This is a kind of elevated escapism that most of us can’t afford. The type of financial, family and social support can be difficult to come by.
Tembi and Attica Locke take those worries and choose to look at those issues with a positive attitude, even when things get challenging. Your series is easy on the eyes, from the settings, beautiful cast and delicious food. (Which unfortunately fades into the background in the last three episodes). The series celebrates life and completes the circle of acceptance of one’s existence that makes one appreciate what one has and yearn for what one does not have. The writing is peppered with moments and sentiments that make our silly little lives worth living, no matter where they lead.