This Is Us Review: When life gives you lemon, take it with a twist

This Is Us review: Much like a pregnant woman's mood swings, the show shows various emotions ranging from utter happiness and inexplicable sadness.

Written by Samarpita Das | New Delhi | Updated: September 23, 2016 6:39 pm
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Cast: Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan Ron Cephas Jones

Dan Fogelman’s much hyped This is Us tells us stories with all kinds of twists and connections unlike everything he has been delivering in his previous films: Crazy Stupid Love, Tangled, Galavant, Bolt and 17 Again. Emotional, tear -jerking moments and relatability with the lives of ordinary people in the series is its strength.

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Whether it is a story of different people sharing the same birthday (and emotions) or how they are all connected is hard to say after watching the pilot. Much like a pregnant woman’s mood swings, the show shows various emotions ranging from utter happiness and inexplicable sadness.

There’s the happy pregnant couple Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) who are about to sex when her water breaks. They lose one of the babies — they were about to have triplets. However, hardly did they know that a ray of hope was waiting for them at the hospital.

Meanwhile, we are introduced to Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz), and Randall (Sterling K. Brown). Kevin is an actor stuck in a sitcom that’s quite beneath his real potential, who becomes a subject of objectification for his figure.

Randall is a suppressed angry man who has issues with his real father who abandoned him when he was a child. And an extremely overweight Kate ends up gaining weight despite her attempts to lose it.

If nothing else, the show explores various emotions and in the end, leaves everyone with a story of a lemon and a happy twist.

This Is Us starts  tomorrow, 24th September, at 10 PM on Star World Premiere