Spent 20 years between the premiere film High fidelity and your current recreation as a series of 10 chapters to the digital platform Hulu. In those two decades have changed many things for the music industry and the consumption of music lovers, but also for the way in which to represent the relationships on the screen. If the adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel that Stephen Frears did in the year 2000 he lacked was diversity of all kinds, the new version starring Zoë Kravitz covers loosely that field in every way possible: it is more diverse from a gender perspective, ethnic and even music. The premise is still the life of Rob, a character who after a break is made to find the causes of permanent failures of love. Rob has –of course– a disquería of vinyl, a handful of friends, and an obsession with putting together rankings of songs and albums for any situation, concept, and mood.
The series works better than the movie on many levels. It is true that it is tax of the first adaptation of the novel, especially in the first few chapters, which have sequences drawn from the first part of the film Frears. The breaking of the fourth wall continues to be a narrative resource fundamental, but soon that identity takes off and takes flight himself. On the one hand, because Kravitz-daughter is much more interesting than the protagonist of John Cusack. If the Rob of Cusack looks like an idiot most of the time, with the Rob Kravitz at least the viewer can sympathise. And yes, anybody can identify with a broken heart, but not all broken hearts to get to the other side of the screen to commit to their healing.
This new adaptation also highlights one of the reasons that in this age of audio-visual, tend to have better fit the series than the movies. The High fidelity of Kravitz not only delves into the personality of his protagonist, but also in your environment. The crisis of the 30 of a generation is summed up in a little boy, white with sorrow, he now has wealth and variety of conflicts and perspectives. Friends of Rob-Kravitz-are, finally, people with which the viewer can share a few beers. Is for chat about the impending fatherhood of one, the seclusion of another, the dreams eternal of the following or the musical tastes of the occasional buddy night. In the same line, and not a series specifically lgbtiq+, the story contemporary incorporates the objections sex with naturalness to the narrative. Not only are there several characters gay, the protagonist has between their ex-s to another woman (the only thing to note here is that in the film was played by Catherine Zeta-Jones and the actress who picks up this character now not gives nowhere near the feeling of being “outside the scope” of Kravitz, as purported by the story). What the movie synthesizes, the series unfolds, deepens and becomes more lovable man.
In the musical High Fidelity it is actually more varied than its predecessors (the playlist of your soundtrack on Spotify includes almost 200 songs!), although it maintains its spirit music lover. Yes, it’s worth the warning: almost the whole of his proposal is linked to the music in anglo-saxon. Of chance and in passing there is a reference to Os Mutantes and the movement tropicalist brazilian in the third chapter. A way of saying “we know what this is because we have clear”. All the considerations on how to record a cassette compilation someone here reappear in how to make a good playlist. That spirit is maintained and to be grateful for.
The original novel is from 1995 and its film adaptation, 2000. In those five years, little had changed: the cd is still the format of industrial-musical characteristic and vinyl records seemed doomed to extinction. A disquería, in that context, it was the signal of a character of decadence and without a future. Twenty years later, it is a sign of refined tastes, of knowledge “genuine” and to a certain cut hipster of the series is handled explicitly. Rob wants the fidelity of vinyl in the era of streaming.
On the other hand, the film is a good reflection of the end of the era of grunge, where the nihilism gave way to the need for certainties, as to lay head. The end was, also, the closing of a movie without the second part. The series allows an open end that gives the option to a new season, but it is also a reflection of a time of transition, even without certainties. Only one security: the music still can save us, and, with luck, heal a broken heart.