Saturday, February 22, 2014

Bates Motel

A couple of weeks ago, while down with the flu, I was able to get into a new A&E series that I received from my husband for Christmas, Bates Motel.  Bates Motel is a modern day prequel to the classic horror film, Psycho.  Norman Bates, played Freddie Highmore, is an awkward teenage boy who seems fairly normal at first; wants to date, reads comics, enjoys writing.  He also really, really aims to always please his mother, Norma.  Norma, played by Vera Farmiga, is a strong, possessive mother who doesn't want her son to grow up and understands that there are some things that just aren't quite right about Norman. The relationship between mother and son gets weirder as things move along.

I really enjoyed the first season and am looking forward to season two. It's obvious that the writers took a lot of liberty with the story and weren't overly concerned with matching the series to the Psycho film exactly.  In fact, the modern day setting works quite well.  The cinematography and style of the series gives off a vintage-like vibe which I really like. The opening scenes led me to believe the series was going to be set in the 60's and it wasn't until I noticed teenage girls driving convertibles and talking on cell phones that I realized it was set modern day.  The series is dark and creepy and I love it.  Season 1 is also now streaming on Netflix.  Season 2 starts on March 3.  Can't wait!

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