Among all of the new releases on Netflix, “You,” is about a bookstore manager named Joe Goldberg and his obsession with a graduate student named Guinevere Beck. “You” stands out for its unprecedented look into the fears that women experience and the very real and sometimes deadly consequences of misogyny.
“You,” based on a Caroline Kepness novel, begins when Beck shops at the bookstore Joe manages and he is immediately obsessed with her. Joe immediately analyzes everything about Beck which starts out okay, but turns creepy. After she leaves he continues to talk to Beck in his head. Joe goes as far as to start stalking her and learns everything about her and her friends.
While the stalking is creepy it doesn’t take a turn south until Joe decides to get rid of any problems or people that could ever hurt Beck, before he even really knows her. So, while Joe has Beck’s ex-boyfriend locked away, he is starting to date Beck and man, are they cute.
The whole time I’m watching this series I’m thinking about how I want them to end up together, but he’s becoming more and more of a bad person.
I found myself rooting for Joe and for their relationship despite every single bad thing he does. The more I watched, the more I fell in love with the show and the angrier I grew with myself for falling for his tricks.
“You” finds a way to make a creepy and awful human come across as attractive, lovable, and caring person.
Joe’s character has two sides, the side that is stalking Beck, that’s obsessed with her, and that would do anything with her.
But he has this other side that takes care of the neighbor kid whose mom is an abusive relationship and the side that still visits a shop owner who is too ill to run the shop.
Throughout the series we learn about the dark childhood of Joe and his past betrayal with his ex, Candace. I think, at least to me, I was rationalizing that the reason he did bad things and acted how he did was because he’s been hurt and because he loves Beck. However, I don’t know if he can get so many passes by the end of the series with everything he has done.
This was a series that I couldn’t pull myself away from and definitely recommend if you want a show with a little more substance.
Especially since it shows the fears that women experience in the dating world, and the dangers of men who do not respect women