'Sneakerheads' Review: Will the fetish for 'one-eyed unicorn' Sneakers land the most profitable deal?
Netflix’s ‘Sneakerheads’ is a snazzy and quick humor tale exploring a fetish for Sneakers that have a cult following and are traded in an unimaginably underground way
Spoilers for 'Sneakerheads'
Have you ever felt a kind of fetish for anything in life that you can go to any lengths to have it? Have you ever loved being a part of a nifty-natty squad who can trade anything to keep their obsession running? Netflix’s ‘Sneakerheads’ is a snazzy and quick humor tale exploring a fetish for Sneakers, the statement shoewear, that has a cult following and is traded in the most unimaginably underground way, as shown in the series!
The movie centers around Devin (Allen Maldonado), a former sneakerhead turned stay-at-home dad who gets back in the game of trading Sneakers after falling for one of old friend Bobby’s (Andrew Bachelor) get-rich-quick schemes. One can see a squad forming in the middle of adventure with trader Nori(Jearnest Corchado) and know it all geeky Stuey (Matthew Josten) joining it as the quadruple sets off on their trail. But this chase is very mystical as it is behind a mythical and lucrative pair of shoes called “Zeroes” that the viewer leans may or may not even exist!
Further, the ride to get this cool pair of shoes ain’t easy! Creator Jay Longino with Dave Meyers' dynamic direction has let the characters face pitfalls as well as have the most joyous moments of their life as they chase “Zeroes” like zealots.
In their adventurous journey, they do lose some money and a lot of morale. However, what keeps them going in their trail is the motto ‘never quit your dream’! What next? With many jumpy rides, the squad adopts all hilariously funny antics to get them! From saving lives from a Black panther to collecting the pair of shoes from a wasteland of a richie rich celebrity, to following tantalizing clues, to being caught as thieves in a faraway land in Hong Kong, the members of the squad raise the entertainment and fun quotient making one crackle with laughter as we feel totally absorbed into the plot. The viewers are left holding their breaths to see whether the squad finally gets the Zeroes. Moreover what if they are unable to strike the most profitable deal? This suspense makes for a perfect cliffhanger as the plot has an amazing twist at the end! Further leaving us with the question that whether the group will make a comeback in season two makes us wait for it even more.
In the series, what one will love is how the characters have imbibed the features of hip-hop culture so effortlessly well. They love dope music, are enrolled in a sneaker making school and speak trendy slangs that transport us in the milieu of their freakish world.One also has to credit the writers of the show--Jay Longino, Jason Belleville, Carl Tart, Kara Brown, Inny Clemons and Rose McAleese for great one-liners and crisp scripting. Their writing is amply evocative of the fetish for Sneakers described as “one-eyed unicorns” to “holy grail,”. Even the upbeat hip-hop soundtrack has accentuated the swag factor further boosting the punches in the story.
If you’re looking for anything fun, light-hearted or have had any squad goals or fetishes, then this crazy tale about Sneakers must be on your watchlist.
Season 1 of 'Sneakerheads' premieres on Netflix on September 25, 2020.