Cruel Summer review

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Cruel Summer promo picture starring Olivia Holt and Chiara Aurelia

The highly anticipated new drama series, Cruel Summer, aired on Freeform on April 20 and received stellar reviews. Drawing in viewers on premiere night, the show rated well on most platforms. Rotten Tomatoes rated it a 87 percent and IMDb rated it a 7.7 out of 10. This thriller, drama series takes on a mind of its own, as it is told from two perspectives and takes place on the same day in three different years.

Starring Chiara Aurelia and Olivia Holt, the show follows two girls who come from completely different worlds. Two episodes aired for its premiere, the first following Jeanette Turner, played by Aurelia, who is an outsider that seems obsessed with popular girl Kate Wallis, played by Holt. As we see three different perspectives, on the same day, of three different years, Turner is seemed to be framed for the abduction and disappearance of Wallis. Viewers then continued to the next episode, from Wallis’ perspective, and are left confused who is telling the truth. As the premiere ends, the question is raised, is Jeanette responsible for Kate’s disappearance or is Kate framing Jeanette?

Regarding the series, Holt shared her opinion on her new starring role, stating, “I think what is so interesting about this show is the viewers are going to bounce back and forth. I do not think they are going to have one singular opinion the whole show, and I think that is what makes the show so intriguing.”

Co-worker of Holt and fellow starring role, Aurelia also shared her thoughts on the show. Telling wwd.com, she stated, “When I first received the script, I was super excited by the project. I thought it was complicated and crazy and amazing.”

Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly, referred to the show as “addictive and fresh.” Baldwin went on to state, “Aurelia and Holt embody their slippery characters with unwavering assurance through every phase of the narrative.” Explaining the difficulty of playing three different characters in three different years of life, she was very impressed with the acting skill of these two actresses.

Senior Julianna Fohner has recently watched the two episode premiere and enjoyed it immensely. Explaining her enthusiasm about this new series she stated, “it’s very suspenseful and a good teen drama. It is something different that has never been done before.”

The show proved just by its two episode premiere, it is definitely worthy of binge watching. With its high ratings and high reviews, it proved it will most likely have a pretty dominant first season, with people tuning in each week.