Review of the Prime Video series ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’
Soft series that takes you back to the Los Angeles music scene of the 1970s.
daisy jones and the six is a biopic about a seventies band with a documentary touch. It’s striking that the band of the same name didn’t exist at all, but you’d think they did (although that may be due to the many similarities to the Fleetwood Mac story). His Aurora album can even be heard on Spotify. The series tells of the bumpy road to this successful album and the abrupt end of the band. In a later era, the characters discuss everything they have experienced.
The story begins before there was Daisy Jones & The Six. The upcoming band The Six is missing something and it turns out to be the talented Daisy Jones. The relationship between Daisy and the singer Billy is turbulent, and the celebrity also brings drugs and loneliness. Many of these elements have often reappeared in musical biopics such as Bohemian Rhapsody, but at the same time the series has a remarkably positive message. There are no mean managers and few unsympathetic characters in the music industry; the family bond between the band members and their manager is paramount.
Then there are the interviews, in which all the characters look back on their lives and experiences as typical talking heads, and talk about what led to the band’s disbandment. This element is taken from Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book of the same name, but perhaps should have been removed as it adds little more than a boring coat rack on which to hang the story. It even feels a little awkward because the characters react to images from the past, as well as their memories, but everything is completely unambiguous, while memories of different people never are.
Fortunately, it’s easy to put aside the interviews of the present and just enjoy the story of Daisy, The Six, and everyone around them. All the actors act very well and that ensures that you empathize with the characters, although it must be said that the series stands out especially for delving into the female roles.
Often it’s the men in the bands who take center stage and the woman is the epitome of home front, but otherwise remains flat. daisy jones and the six accommodates the complex feelings that Billy’s girlfriend, Camila, has when she becomes a mother and he is away from home. Keyboardist Karen deals with sexism and she wants to keep the freedom to continue touring with the band and she has nothing to do with motherhood. Daisy’s best friend, Simone, is faced with homophobia and has to balance her sleep and her private life.
At one point, the series even shifts focus to Simone, who then slows the pace down, but overall the heavier themes don’t present themselves as major issues. They are part of the lives of these characters and create three-dimensionality, but they do not overshadow the history of the music. That makes sure you’d rather watch all the episodes one after the other, because you want to know how Daisy and the rest are doing.
In addition, the series is also pleasant to listen to. The voices of Sam Claflin and Riley Keough, who follows in the footsteps of his grandfather Elvis Presley by using his musical talents, sound great together. Many viewers will be happy that the Daisy Jones & The Six songs have been released. Anyone who isn’t done after watching the series can switch from Prime Video to Spotify.
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