‘The Bear’ Review: Jeremy Allen White’s Carmy steals the show in Hulu's raw and real series
We all love watching cooking-based comedy films and series. These films and series, which blend the culinary arts with drama and comedy, are an intriguing experience for viewers. Finally, after a long wait, Hulu’s highly anticipated series ‘The Bear’ premiered globally. The series has been directed and executively produced by Christopher Storer. The screenplay of the series has been written by both Christopher Storer and Alex O’Keefe. It is backed by production companies Super Frog and FX Productions.
The first episode starts with Carmen Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White) coming back home to Chicago and leaving the world of fine dining restaurants behind due to his brother’s unfortunate death. He comes over to take charge of his family’s iconic restaurant named ‘The Original Beef of Chicagoland’. On the first day, we see Carmy and his cousin brother Richie (Ebon Moss Bachrach) arguing with each other in the kitchen and their discord is quite evident. This is also witnessed by new employee Sydney Adamu (Ayo Edebiri).
The first few minutes of the episode get the viewers well immersed with the realistic storyline that depicts how a real restaurant functions every day, with the constant chatter, quarrels, mishaps, arguments and ultimately serving food to customers. The show gets you hooked to the screen.
Within the first three episodes, we get a solid foundation of what the entire series is going to be about. We see the constant emotional chaos that’s going on inside Carmy's mind, including him having nightmares and sleeplessness. His cousin Richie shouts at him and doesn’t like the new ways of working in the kitchen which Carmy is hell-bent on introducing at the restaurant.
Carmy is seen taking anxiety pills. This particular pattern of unrest and panicked undertone is also observed commonly throughout the series as Sydney and Richie also take anxiety pills when things get too much for them to handle. We also see Carmy’s constant efforts to make ‘The Original Beef of Chicagoland’ a well-known restaurant despite disapproval from his overbearing cousin brother Richie.
Honestly, ‘The Bear’ has presented a tastefully aesthetic amalgamation of drama, darkness, comedy, and lots of cooking. The drama, emotionally charged struggles of characters, well-conceptualized storyline with captivating performances by the entire star cast have made 'The Bear' a satisfying watch.
The series has shown a real, raw, and unseen side of a thriving and bustling restaurant. The constant chaos, mistakes in the recipes, mishaps in the kitchen, heated arguments, and the inner demons that every character is fighting each day, along with apt doses of comedy and over-the-top drama, is what makes ‘The Bear’ on Hulu not only a feel-good show but also a visually appealing series that makes us feel warm and also fuzzy as well.
The brilliant and mindblowing performances by Jeremy Allen White, Ebon Moss Bachrach, and Ayo Edebiri have stolen the hearts of fans and audiences. Even the other actors have done justice to their characters. It is worth mentioning here that Jeremy Allen White has proven his credibility and versatility as an actor with this career-redefining performance as chef Carmen ‘Carmy’ Berzatto which proves that the role was tailor-made just for him.
The strained relationship and also the playful camaraderie between Carmy and his cousin brother Richie have been a visual treat to watch. Viewers have particularly loved the changing dynamics of Carmy and Richie since it shows a lot of emotional upheavals throughout but maintains a balance of both happy and sad throughout the series.
Overall, ‘The Bear’ on Hulu is everything that we expected it to be about. It is a well-made, enthralling, and one of the best cooking-based dark comedy series made this year.
Viewers can surely cancel all their outing plans for the coming weekend and check out ‘The Bear’ which is streaming on Hulu now.