Netflix is betting on international offerings in order to strengthen its library. There’s time for the review of Kleo, a new German series, which focuses on a post-Cold War story. When Germany was divided in two, the same time spies and assassins had much to do every week. The Germans have done well in this regard. They excel in writing the thrillers of all kinds. Kleo hopes to achieve these highs and become a memorable series in the audience.
Deutschland 83 and its sequels are the standard of a great spy-thriller. To say that Kleo can’t reach these heights, but that is a great job of creating a short series that tells a difficult story, in a special period of time. It also makes us a journey with an irresponsible character – a character that also is deeply jarring and disturbing. You also know how to use humor and style to get in touch to make a contrast so the darkest parts of the story feel the appropriate weight.
Kleo is an in-house Netflix series created by Hanno Hackfort, Richard Kropf and Bob Konrad. The creators have several years of experience in the television world, and they’ve decided to make a true story an individual and somewhat atypical with a lot more drama and personality. Kleo is definitely not your typical based on true stories. The show stars Jella Haase, Dimitrij Schaad, Julius Feldmeier and Vladimir Burlakov.
This show tells us how Kleo was a secret agent during the Cold War of the Democratic Republic of Germany. In 1987, Kleo finished a mission successfully, and returned to East Germany. She is arrested for treason, however unexpectedly. Three years later, as the Cold War ended, she was released from prison. I haven’t asked why. Why was he trayed in such a manner?
The first thing to say about Kleo is that the show has lots of styles. There is definitely an influence on Tarantinos in here, and at some moments, the journey that Kleo goes on for revenge feels very near the one of the characters who traveled over the Kill Bill movies. Obviously there are differences. Kleo isn’t just half as violent as Kill Bill; there’s a lot more a cinematic Tarantino dialogue, and yet there’s no one saying that one could be without the other.
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The series represents an incredible example of the design of the machine, as the production was able to be transferred to the time of the 90s, when everything was changed for Germany. It is a time that isn’t always visited, an elusive limbo was born from the moment the Iron Curtain fell, the moment when the German stepped up as a new European power. Just for this, Kleo deserves a watch. Producers should really consider the absence of time for visiting. There’s enough material for the Second World War.
The series isn’t only well-received from the point of view of the visual perspective, but also manages to collect large actors. Jella Haase, who plays Kleo, was the breakthrough of the show. The actress can cross the whole spectrum of emotions in a single scene and make it very funny. Haase is as strong as they come, so it really is a marvel seeing her at work. She builds Kleo into this complex killing machine in search of revenge and much more. The series wouldn’t be as good as Haase.
Writing is also quite strong. The writers have time to develop the characters in the seasons and you get acquainted with them at end. This is amazing. More television show and movie shows should realize that reaching out to the characters is the first step in learning to love or hate them, and wanting to continue experiencing their stories. Even if there is something that can be bad for the show and it’s great, the pacing is one of the biggest challenges of the season.
Kleo is fun and exciting, but sometimes it’s very slow. When we start to show up, the situation becomes quite slow, and throughout the whole season, there’s quite a few scenes that feel completely unnecessary or repetitive. Sometimes it’s better to make the point with one or two scenes. Moreover, it feels like the writers have no confidence in their story and they need to make it seem constant.
Kleo proves Germany can produce excellent shows. Netflix will already make us wait for the next show from the creators of Dark, another German show, but Kleo is good enough to make the wait for that happy wait feel comfortable. This movie has brilliant production and performs. Kleo herself is an exceptional character, and, while the season seems too long sometimes, it can’t be considered a big issue, so it makes this series slip into perfect territory. This is really amazing here.