When I was a teenager, I was always pissed off; Now that I’m an adult, I move between nostalgia and sadness. I guess that’s why I’ve changed punk and grunge for country, the party for walks with my dog in the mountains and the one-euro burgers at McDonald’s for the salad and the goat cheese.
However, I suppose that the one who has, retains, because I never say no to a good scoundrel. It is the case of Rain Dogs, the new HBO Max television series. It is directed by Richard Laxton and Jennifer Perrott, written by Cash Carraway, and stars Emily Fairn, Reid Anderson, and Joshua Parris.
We are in front of a dramatic series with comedy overtones. Perhaps the most appropriate thing would be to say “tragicomedy”. However, the best way to define the serie Rain Dogs en HBO Max is to define it as a British punk. A hard song, not suitable for all ears and with a powerful social message, more than obvious and heartbreaking, like the voice that sings it.
Black humor and social drama are intermingled in a story starring a mother and daughter who don’t have much to do but survive, nor many places to go except to the same old failure. Therefore, love, pure and unreserved, unconditional love, is present in all the footage.
Rain Dogs | Official Trailer | HBO
Rain Dogs is a desperate cry in the middle of the nightbut also a love letter to the infinite struggle of a mother for her daughter, to man’s struggle against his own nature, which is the world that surrounds us and the system that oppresses us.
In this sense, even in some fragments of the musical pieces selected to give volume to the story, the British HBO Max series has the soul of a western. The main anti-heroine has a cynical look at her life and fights against it despite having everything against her.
He is capable of anything to keep his family safe, to whom he is loyal above anything else, and he puts his personal interests before everything and everyone. He won’t hesitate to steal, discredit and even lack his own pride to unleash it later.
In some respects, especially all those having to do with the social exposure of the public situation in England, Rain Dogs is reminiscent of such essential series in British television culture as Skinsignoring the part of the youth perspective, sex, adolescence, drugs and so on.
However, in the same way that Skins was, the Rain Dogs series that you can already see on HBO Max it is about people lost in life and with many defects. They are British characters from the Coen brothers, alienated by a society and a system that will not hesitate to step on the individual if he does not have enough money in his pocket.
Rain Dogs is a hard series, very hard. He intelligently plays the trick of black humor to lighten the tone of what he shows, but he cannot hide it completely. For this reason, as I have defended at the beginning, it is not suitable for all audiences. It’s loud and stomach-churning, and it can be offensive enough to piss you off.
But nevertheless, Rain Dogs is magneticespecially when the lights go out and the music plays, when the scoundrels have stopped and the true image of human misery emerges, when the joke stops being funny and you understand that words can defend you for as long as they last, until silence appears.
If you are one of those who want suffer and laugh equally, Rain Dogs is your series. And if you are one of those who wants to discover something worthwhile and leave a mark on your memory… then the HBO Max series is also what you were looking for.
You just have to give it a chance to prove it to you.