A review of Man vs. Bee Season 1 by Rowan Atkinson
Man vs. Bee is an incredibly funny and poignant Series that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. It’s a movie that will make you laugh at Rowan Atkinson’s brilliant acting but also make you think about how we treat other species on this planet.
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As an accident-prone home sitter who goes on a fury spree and wrecks a high-tech home in an epic brawl, the actor is at his comedic peak.
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The latest comedy by Rowan Atkinson is brimming with life lessons. It is impossible to capture a bee in a grand piano. Bees are already threatened with extinction, so do not microwave them.
Do not remove your shoe to swat a bee inside the car if you find yourself in a desperate rush to the veterinarian with an unconscious dog. If you have managed to demolish a Mondrian while attempting to hit a bee with a hammer, repainting the red patch with tomato sauce won’t deceive anyone. Neither would be repairing a Kandinsky mobile using old CDs and triangles cut from roller blinds.
Man vs. Bee (Netflix) replaces The Wicker Man remake with Nicolas Cage as my favorite bee comedy. You recall what occurred at the conclusion of that film, right? Nic, who is allergic to bees, is forced to place his head into a portable beehive. “No, not the bees!” he cries in opposition. Not the insects! Aaaaghhh!” I still laughed about that some days afterward. In contrast, Atkinson is purposely humorous throughout all nine episodes of this sitcom.
Atkinson, together with his writer Will Davies and director David Kerr, recognizes that humor is not tragedy plus time, but rather, stupidity plus material. Man versus Bee may have just as easily been titled Man versus Himself or Man versus Home. Atkinson portrays Trevor, a man sacked from Asda following a dispute with a shopping cart and from an office after losing a fight with a paper shredder. His wife has divorced him, and his daughter longs, maybe in vain, for a camping holiday with her father on the Isle of Wight (proving that strangeness runs in the family).
Trevor is not the ideal candidate to manage a home with voice-activated security systems and a manual so thick that a tennis racket should have been chosen as the weapon for a prolonged bee fight.
Julian Rhind-Tutt and Jing Lusi phone in their heroically grotesque performances as repulsive vacationing homeowners who lounge poolside in monogrammed espadrilles while calling the man they’ve foolishly entrusted with their home to find out if their assets – an E-type Jaguar, priceless artworks, and Cupcake the dog – are still intact. Meanwhile, their lovely home is torched by flamethrowers in a fit of wrath. Bee, naturally, is not even slightly burned.
About Rowan Atkinson’s Performance
I’ve always believed, incorrectly, that Atkinson’s strongest comedy was linguistic, and that Mr. Bean and Johnny English appealed mostly to the profitable demographic of dimwits. What I should have valued is the consistency of Atkinson’s body of work. Blackadder’s violent nihilism (“Baldrick, believe me, eternity with Beelzebub and all of his hellish tools of death will be a pleasure compared to five minutes with me – with THIS pencil”) is mirrored here. So is the man-out-of-time attitude of Atkinson’s Inspector Fowler from A Thin Blue Line (“Appearances, as we shall see, are like bus schedules: frequently deceptive”). However, there is one significant change: Atkinson is now Baldrick.
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When he is bitten while locked in a dog flap during a bee pursuit while wearing a magnetic collar for inexplicable reasons, he appears surprised, as if his brilliant scheme has failed. But, honestly, what did he anticipate would occur?
I would have awarded this series five stars if not for two factors. First, the bee is grossly underdescribed. What is its purpose? Are we to take seriously the implication that male bees that have been evicted from their hives are homeless and friendless, and so this bee is simply seeking refuge and company? If this is the case, why does it torture Trevor?
The only reason that makes sense is that it is enraged by the continued absence of bees in entertainment. Consider the matter carefully. In Bee Movie, Jerry Seinfeld portrayed the titular bug; in The Simpsons, Bumblebee Man was a mutant human who put back bee liberation by decades. It is impossible to be something one cannot see, especially if you are a bee.
Secondly, product placement is relentless. For example, that German electronics company whose name sounds like the French word for honey supplies all of the absurd house’s cutting-edge gadgets. I’d like to assume that is a joke about bees, but it seems improbable.
A review of Man vs. Bee Season 1 by Rowan Atkinson Conclusion
Man vs. Bee is a masterpiece that will be remembered for years to come. Rowan Atkinson has created a Series that is both hilarious and funny, which makes it an instant classic. If you haven’t seen this Series yet then please do yourself a favor and go watch it now!
TV Show: Man vs. Bee Season 1
Genres: Short, Comedy, Family
Released Date: 24th June 2022
Total Episodes: 9
Stream On: Netflix