Every week, new series point the tip of their nose on the multiple streaming platforms that exist. So much so that it is difficult to see everything. Some programs are so loud that it’s almost impossible to miss them. Others, on the other hand, arrive on tiptoe and do not have the light they deserve. This is the case of The Bear: eat in or take away.
This series produced by FX arrives on Hulu on the other side of the Atlantic last June and then on Disney+ in Canada, Australia and New Zealand in August. With us, the series is slow to show itself. The Bear: eat in or take away has been available on Disney+ since October 5. Without making a big deal out of it, Christopher Storer’s series stands out as one of the best of this early fall. If you don’t know what to watch this weekend, we give you 4 reasons to taste The Bear.
1) For his family history which raises the mayonnaise
The synopsis of The Bear: eat in or take away is quite simple. A young cook who has worked in the best gourmet restaurants in the country returns to the fold and finds the grayness of Chicago to take over his brother’s sandwich shop. A well-seasoned family story that piques our curiosity.
Inevitably, when you move from the world of gastronomy to an almost seedy shop with cooks who have everything from badly licked bears, the adjustment is delicate for Carmy, the protagonist. However, the young man is ready to do anything to get the restaurant back on track and, at the same time, mourn a past life and a deceased brother. The beauty of The Bear: eat in or take away lies in its authenticity. The characters in the series are (very) far from perfect, but they have the merit of being true.
While you might think that a series that plunges us into the bowels of any family restaurant would have nothing really exciting or breathtaking, think again. In effect, The Bear achieves the feat of keeping us spellbound with each episode. The stakes, the relationships of the characters, the tribulations of each, the pressure that rises and ends up bursting… The series gives us the impression of being, we too, in the kitchen and of living all these moments alongside the restaurant staff. . We have a feeling of suffocation, of suffocation in front of certain episodes faced with the frantic pace and the way of filming. The minutes go by, we are immersed on the other side of the set as everyone speeds up before the restaurant opens. Tick tock, tick tock…
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From the first minutes of episode 1 of The Bear, the series takes our hand without us being able to get our attention. If the refloating of this restaurant is at the heart of the scenario, logically, the series also flies over more global themes such as mourning, poverty, addiction or even pressure at work. Something to talk to a lot of people. And the best part of it all is the somewhat boorish way of approaching these subjects. In this dysfunctional, adoptive family formed by the cooks of the restaurant or the real Berzattos, communication is not innate. But the love is there.
2) For the acting which is worth 5 stars
To bring the backstage of the kitchens of The Original Beef of Chicagoland to life, The Bear: eat in or take away puts the small dishes in the big ones. Jeremy Allen White (Shameless) carries the series brilliantly by interpreting the main role, that of Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto. He is simply excellent in this role of tormented, demanding cook, haunted by his past as a starred chef as by his deceased brother. And touching. He offers us wonderful moments but, fortunately, he is not alone.
On the contrary, the chef of the family restaurant is well surrounded. Ayo Edebiri (Dickinson) is brilliant in the role of Sydney Adamu, a young chef full of good will, talent and ambition but a bit impatient. Lionel Boyce takes on the role of Marcus, relegated to making bread and then touching pastry chef, Liza Colón-Zayas is Tina, a gruff cook who has been there for far too many years and who has trouble with change or Ebon Moss-Bachrach, co-manager often unbearable but not necessarily mean. All give life to this colorful and disorganized but endearing band of cooks. Thus, the actors of The Bear know the perfect recipe to deliver a series with small onions. And we want more!
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3) For photography that we savor
Like his characters, The Bear: eat in or take away wants to be authentic. The series is thus filmed most of the time behind closed doors. Something to oppress us. The cold colors and the grain of the image delight us. We savor the close-ups of the many (tempting) dishes found in the kitchens of The Original Beef of Chicagoland, as well as the close-ups of the protagonists about to give way under pressure. The photography is beautiful but raw. Like the restaurant run feverishly by Carmy. Visually, The Bear is a nugget.
4) For its format that we devour
The eight episodes of approximately 30 minutes each of The Bear are not asked to be swallowed up without a break. Clearly, binge-watching has never been better than with this series. Never has half an hour passed so quickly. Christopher Storer masters this infernal rhythm like no other. With few episodes, so concise, this series is just waiting to be discovered in one go. If you are looking for a short program to devour, The Bear: eat in or take away is made for you. Although this format is generally adored by sitcoms, this culinary series shows us that dramatic comedies can also shine in 30 minutes.
Without having eyes bigger than stomach, The Bear: eat in or take away is positioned as one of the best series we have seen this year. Real surprise, the series does not roll us in the flour and offers us an exceptional first season. The eight episodes have been available on Disney+ since October 5. Good news : The Bear has already been renewed for a second season. At table !
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