This adaptation of Alice Oseman’s webcomic and graphic novel was certainly a hit.
High school student Charlie Spring thinks it’s just a one-sided love. But when the popular rugby player Nick Nelson reciprocates, it leads to a whirlwind journey. An unlikely friendship turns into something more, but are they both ready to face the challenges ahead?
I haven’t read Alice Oseman’s work and to be honest, I think the story was just your typical YA stuff. What makes “Heartstopper” a hit was the performance of the cast and how the writers adapted it for TV. Of course, typically it’s the other way around. The book will be adopted for the screen and it would suck. That’s what made the success of this series even more staggering.
Charlie Spring (Joe Locke), a student at Truham Grammar High School is the main character in the series. Gay and introvert. Unpopular. Typical YA lead. And then there’s Nick Nelson (Kit Connor), the handsome and popular rugby player. You know where this would lead.
It is a fairy tale story popular in this kind of genre. But the adaptation transformed this graphic novel into something with more depth in it. The script was amazing. Locke is perfect as Charlie. I mean, who can’t love him and his line “hi.” Connor is just as superb. Their chemistry is palpable and it is carried through until the end.
(Sun god worthy. 4 out of 5 stars). The characters are as close to real high school students as you can get (physically), like in the series “Young Royals.” It is too Gen Z for my taste but the depth of the story and the superb acting makes “Heartstopper” worth a watch.
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