Synopsis: In a retelling of the Arthurian legend, teenage sorceress Nimue joins forces with a young and charming mercenary named Arthur on a mission to save her people.
Starring: Katherine Langford, Gustaf Skarsgård & Devon Terrell
It seems that every studio is trying to find that next big high fantasy hit, after the success of Game of Thrones. Amazon is working on its Lord of the Rings series, and Netflix actually has a few fantasy shows under their belt already, with The Witcher & The Dragon Prince to name a few. But I’m here to give my thoughts on their latest stab in the fantasy realm with their new original show Cursed which is based on the book of the same name by Tom Wheeler & Frank Miller. Apparently, the book came out just this past year, which is exciting to figure out because I have enjoyed my time with this show. I wish I could dive into spoilers, but this is my first ever written review and I want to keep my thoughts simple for everyone and in hopes that some of you will check out the show for yourself!
Cursed takes a spin on the Arthurian legend which I thought was a refreshing twist of the story we all know and love. The main draw to this show wasn’t just the concept of “what if the sword of power (aka Excalibur) chosen a queen”, it was the main star of the show Katherine Langford, best known for her performance in Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and Rian Johnson’s Oscar-nominated film Knives Out. To me, the casting of Langford really showed that Netflix was trying to take this show seriously. Katherine’s role as Nimue was a powerful one. She kept me engaged during my watch of the show. The entire cast had great chemistry, especially Devon Terrell who plays Arthur and the Merlin the magician himself played by Gustaf Skarsgård. The journey is a long one but I will say that the subplots never felt offbeat from the main story. Every plot line eventually comes full circle with a few twists and turns along the way.
The presentation of the show was phenomenal. I absolutely loved the scene transitions. This really pulled me in with their mix of practical & CGI effects. It was easy to distinguish between the multiple races that are introduced and it was pretty easy to keep up with each character’s story arc since everything was intertwined. The world-building felt like a fairy tale that was made for an older audience. It had a nice balance that didn’t scream “edge lord”, but definitely had a darker tone. I also get some Lord of the Rings vibes throughout my watch as well, which is never a bad thing.
Throughout my time watching Cursed I kept trying to see if I enjoyed this better than The Witcher or not, and it’s hard to say. The Witcher was really good, but it was a bit tough at times to follow along with the story because of the time jumps. But with Cursed, the story is easier to digest. I would recommend this show to anyone who is looking to itch that fantasy scratch as we wait for Season 2 of The Witcher. There are numerous medieval fantasy shows out there that don’t do the genre justice, but I think Cursed deserves to be among the best of them. If you’re familiar with the legend of King Arthur, then you’re in for a treat. Fingers crossed they renew the show for season 2!
Current Tomato Score: 70%
Current IMDb: 5.7 / 10