Roush Review: Modestly Funny ‘Blockbuster’ Is A Nostalgic Relic | Entertainment News


Nobody knows DVDs are so old anymore than Netflix, a key contributor to the digital streaming revolution that put video rental stores like Blockbuster out of business.

All but one. A joke about Netflix’s ubiquity opens this mildly amusing workplace comedy set in a fictional last Blockbuster outpost in a Michigan suburb. (The real store is in Bend, Oregon.) It’s a sweet, inspirational setting for a show extolling the virtues of dying small businesses as a rare place of human connection. Timmy (Fresh off the boat‘s affable Randall Park) says it: “People need to interact with each other.”

Blockbuster (Credit: Ricardo Hubbs/Netflix)

If only the humans inhabiting this Blockbuster made you want to shop there. I was hoping for an endearing humanism à la Frank Capra, but instead found a tired retread of a not-so-idiotHypermarket. For example, the nice-sad mensch Timmy carries the kind of torch you’ve seen hundreds of times for his unhappy married colleague Eliza (Brooklyn nine-nineby Melissa Fumero), adding a romcom element that underscores the entire season without touching on any new or original beats. At Sam and Diana’s Cheers the legacy remains intact.

Eliza passed away at Harvard after a semester but still boasts about it, on par with the delirious journey of her socially awkward colleagues, each wistful and desperate but failing to make distinctive or authentic impressions. The most promising supporting character, young Carlos (Tyler Alvarez), is a first-generation bisexual immigrant son who dreams of Tarantino movie glory, but even he seems to be spinning his wheels in this quaint, contrived endeavor.

The essential JB Smoove (Calm your enthusiasm) makes a living as Timmy’s windy buddy and mall owner, whose sarcastic teenage daughter considers this store where she barely works a “dusty time capsule”. Sadly, that burn also applies to a series that feels less of a blockbuster and more of a relic, sadly.

Blockbuster, First in the series, Thursday, November 3, netflix

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