Review: YOU Season 4 - Part Two
After being spurned by his latest love, serial killer and stalker Joe Goldberg hides out in jolly old England under the fake name Jonathan Moore. The new installment of Netflix's hit drama will follow Joe's murderous ways as he roams the streets of London and falls for the latest object of his obsession.
Penn Badgley, Tati Gabrielle, Lukas Gage, Charlotte Ritchie, Tilly Keep, Amy-Leigh Hickman, Ed Speelers, Niccy LinAidan Cheng, Stephen Hagen, Ben Wiggins, Eve Austin, Ozioma Whenu, Dario Coated, Brad Alexander, Sean Pertwee, Alison Pargeter, Adam James.
You Season 4 Part 2 dives back into the Joe Goldberg we know & hate. But is it as good? Well after the surprisingly fresh and engaging first part, it was exciting to see the show build and move into the more traditional format in a fresh new environment. However, a lot of this second half is far too rushed and underdeveloped that in the end, it’s becomes a big let down. It’s hard to ignore how endlessly entertaining the series is, with Penn’s brilliant performances and hilariously engaging narration to carry us along.
While characters such as Phoebe & Nadia are lovely additions to the show. Their arcs are rushed in the end and come to something deeply disappointing. Along with our love interest not being as lovable as its predecessor interests.
It’s hard to deny how well directed the season is, often claustrophobic and tight to sell the sense of urgency and tension that begins to rise as Joe continues to lose his mind and the story begins to spiral. The cinematography, while not as vibrant, is often gorgeous to look at and has some wonderful imagery of a psychopathic Joe.
The writing is far too inconsistent and random to come together in a nice bow. While it does have fun plot twists and brilliant performances accompanying it. It seems the writers are slowly running out of ideas of where Joe can move to next & his plan of action. And begs the question, what will we learn from all this? Because, as much as I enjoyed the commentary on the class, it seems a lot more focused in its first half.
Overall, You Season 4 Part Two is a big letdown and pulls the entire season back a lot. Despite its many impressive technical aspects & performances, the writing started to feel lazy and far too boring to hold its own against its more interesting previous seasons.