The Fearless Tale of 13 Reasons Why

Netflix’s latest show “13 Reasons Why” is a story about a girl named Hannah Baker who sent out tapes about her life before she died to the people who she feels has made it difficult to live with.

13 Reasons Why is very depressing to watch. It tackles deep, dark and serious subject matters like suicide, rape and bullying to name a few. There were parts in the series wherein you’d feel like the character motivation was ludicrous because of small reasons and at some sequences Clay was using a map to get to a location. I thought the utilisation of the map was underwhelming because it had no bearing to the story nor did it reveal anything out of the ordinary. It was just used as an excuse to go to the actual place and tell the flashback.

Adapting it to a series was the perfect strategy for the content because it gave the directors more time to develop the characters. Some characters in the show would’ve been one dimensional and less compelling if it was portrayed on film because they would have less screen time.

The show is occasionally told on two timelines, the past and the present. They do this by smoothly transitioning the present scenes with flashbacks. There are two ways of which you can spot this. One is by paying attention to Clay’s scar and two is with the colour temperature of the scenes.

Here’s an example of a flashback. You can see that there are no scars and it also has a warm colour temperature.
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Down here is an example of the present with a cooler colour temperature and with Clay having a scar
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Sometimes the editors blend the past and present together creatively. Which leads to some interesting contrasts because you can still see the difference between the two
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This series is a must watch. It makes you think about the small words you let go to the people you care about and asks you as a person if you’re doing better at trying to help the people who need help. It shows scenes that are unsettling to watch and it doesn’t shy away from showing it because it knows how important its role is to the entire story. It’s depressing because it has no hopeful ending because the story is about Hannah and she’s already dead. There’s nothing you can do about it. The characters in the story like Clay and Tony are just there to piece things together and understand what she got through to get to that point.

13 Reasons Why is a great story to watch. I highly recommend you watch it. It has such a deep meaning and a tough lesson to be learned. I advise you that if you have a friend who is going through a lot, be there for them. Learn to love better and help them see the light of the day.

13 Reasons Why gets a 9/10

Written by Hans Erickson Lim

Currently in my collegiate years at De La Salle College Of St. Benilde major in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs. I've been regarded as a film critic but I'd like to humbly label myself as a "cinephile"