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From Scratch season 1 review – a hard-to-create romantic escape

October 11, 2022

Our Netflix series From Scratch season 1 review is spoiler-free.

There are shows that go through your skin and give you such a variety of emotions that you can’t help but fall in love with them. The type of show that gives you those feel-good feelings while giving you that plaintive good cry. Well, maybe even two. The netflix adaptation of New York Times Bestseller from zero is this series, unashamed to handle lightly and offer a fair amount of sugar coating of very serious problems. However, one thing you can’t argue with is how entertaining the whole experience can be, which is credit to charismatic protagonists and a deep bench of talented actors.

memory based From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Homecomingthe story follows Amahle “Amy” Wheeler (Zoe Saldana), an American law student who just wanted to do something fun. 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. High place of European art, culture and politics, it wants to be interested in the art, architecture and monuments of the Renaissance. Of course, his new friend and boss, Sloane (Ruby Kamer), tells Amy that the city is more than just guides. What’s a girl to do? Sloane says getting a lover should be fun.

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And she does. Amy meets a young, handsome, wealthy local named Giancarlo (Giacomo Gianniotti), a man who struts around looking like a young Victor Garber and sits around cafes, signaling to baristas that he’ll take the check of any American art student he finds attractive. Do not mistake yourself; it’s a great job if you can get it. Giancarlo is like a pass to the Florentine art scene and seems to have plenty of free time during the day. However, he is not an artist or a creator; the man is a collector of beautiful things.

But Amy bumps into another man with funny shoes and a fondness for wild goats. His name is Lino (Eugenio Masteadrea), the very definition of tall, dark and handsome Italian. A chef at a local restaurant, he immediately takes an interest in Amy. Lino is an artist himself, but his palette is made up of pieces of fine white porcelain. He prepares a sensational meal for her. We’re talking so much food here that a Vegas buffet would shut down for the day. Regardless, the warmth between Lino and Amy is apparent. These two can’t ignore each other’s lustful stares between each sensual lesson all the time.

This is your basic configuration in from zerofrom the creators of the series and the sisters, Edgar Allen Poe winning Attica (blue bird, blue bird) and Tembi Locke, whose beloved memoirs are based on the story. The show is meant to entertain, seasoned with moments of humor, romance and punches. Besides a fine performance from top seed Saldaña, the secret weapon may be the series’ deep bench. Masteadrea’s Lino has a wonderfully dry delivery, especially when the series transitions to a fish out of water. Then again, the invaluable Keith David, who plays Amy’s father Hershel, is so good here in his arc of outspoken assertiveness, hilarious needlework and strutting cowboy hat, skeptical stepdad to the surrogate patriarch of Lino. The series will make any fan of the genre swoon while being romantic, even sexy, very funny, and delivering tears of joy and sorrow.

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One criticism would be that the romance between Lino and Amy may be grounded while she’s still a bit pie in the sky. However, the series is still entertaining and hits that sweet spot when families interact. Tembi and Attica Locke seem to specialize in culture clash as a storytelling tool to show how families form and even come together. by Netflix from zero is a romance that looks at life through rose-colored glasses, including scenes of bliss, romance, intimacy and, yes, even when things get more serious.

This being a memoir, I guess I can’t question some of the issues with the script. Still, they have plenty of classic shots. One of them is money, which is not a relatively easy problem to solve. There’s the upside of giving up a prestigious career like law school to create art, which too often isn’t grounded in reality. Then there are some issues with the dialogue and how a small child can utter 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. (Those who have seen the film Our friend or participated in palliative care can testify to these realities). It’s a type of elevated escape that most of us don’t have the luxury of having. The kind of financial, family and social support can be hard to come by.

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Tembi and Attica Locke take those worries and choose to approach those issues with a positive attitude, even when the going gets tough. Their series is easy to watch, the sets, the beautiful cast and the tempting food. (Which, unfortunately, fades into the background in the last three episodes). The series is a celebration of life and a complete acceptance of its existence that makes you appreciate what you have and yearn for what you don’t. The writing is peppered with moments and feelings that make our silly little lives worth living, no matter where they lead.

Like life itself. But not most of yours or mine.

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