Last week, amidst the Oscar mayhem, Netflix didn’t release a single original from Monday to Thursday. Everything was kept for a Friday release.
And when there are so many shows and films coming on the same day, the audience should consider cutting individual reviewers some slack (slight pun intended).
One of the series that was left for me to review was Maestro in Blue, which originates from Greece and has nine episodes in its kitty. The show’s overall length stands roughly around seven hours.
It is swoon-worthy, emotional, and bittersweet with sparkling traits of a crime drama. You can watch it in eight other languages, apart from Greek.
An interesting thing about Maestro in Blue is that several of the characters derive their name from the real cast members of the series. Also, it’s the first Greek show on Netflix.
Here’s a synopsis of Maestro in Blue before I present my review of the same.
What is the story of Maestro in Blue?
Orestis arrives on a small island to conduct a music festival and soon becomes the talk of the town with everyone smitten by him.
From falling for a girl thirty years younger than him to finding himself in the middle of other people’s problems, his voyage continuously takes drastic turns.
It is directed by Christoforos Papakaliatis. Maestro in Blue stars Christoforos Papakaliatis (Orestis), Haris Alexiou (Haris), Maria Kavoyianni (Maria), Fanis Mouratidis (Fanis), Marisha Triantafyllidou (Sofia), Yannis Tsortekis (Haralambos), Antinoos Almpanis (Michalis), Klelia Andriolatou (Klelia), Orestis Chalkias (Antonis), and Yorgos Benos (Spyros) in lead roles.
Positive Aspects of Maestro in Blue
As much as it might appear, the show doesn’t revolve around one individual. It gives importance to even the smallest of characters. Their stories are interconnected in some or the other way.
What interested me the most in Maestro in Blue was how the makers brought different perspectives to the table.
They didn’t try to enforce anything and still managed to be at par with an absolute crime mystery. The narration of perspectives made it happen.
Maestro in Blue turns a simple idea into a fascinating plot with a conscious screenplay. It doesn’t stray from the prime idea of drama and romance, make no mistake about that.
Nevertheless, when the mysterious murder plot travels to the screen, you are left craving for more.
Also, unfulfilled love brings a lot of nostalgia from within the storyline, triggering emotions on a large scale. You might even want to have a remorseful introspection for the characters.
Moreover, the crisp storyline never feels vague. The alternate maneuvers between enigma and romance allow Maestro in Blue to create its own unique path to the conclusion.
Yes, we have seen such narrations in the past but somehow, the show steers itself clear of them.
Furthermore, the screenplay is enjoyable. It rides on human emotions, hardships, and the fragilities we all endure in our tedious lives.
Maestro in Blue specifically uses music to introduce sentiments. And, as I said earlier, the nostalgic vibes are furthered by songs used in the series.
I don’t understand a word of Greek literature. Yet, I was mesmerized by the music.
How are the Performances?
The cast is quite huge. Almost every character has a pertinent part to play in the series. Therefore, I will try to write at least something for most of them.
Christoforos Papakaliatis plays the titular role of Orestis. Interestingly, he is also the show’s director. It is the first time I saw a director playing the lead in a nine-episode-long series.
He is also the writer, casting director, and art and music director of the series.
He has done an absolutely amazing job, putting in the required charm to impress the viewers. Christoforos’ cool comportment is at the heart of Maestro in Blue.
The actor ably walks through guided emotions to bring forth a savior kind of vibe.
Klelia Andriolatou’s vibrancy in the first episode is bound to attract you. She sweetly overpowers the audience with her magnetic smile.
The more you watch her, the more you want to watch her act on the screen. Specifically, her impromptu emotional variations had me gushing.
Haris Alexiou plays Haris in Maestro in Blue. Predominantly, Haris is a musician in real life. And that’s what she does in the show as well.
Her easygoing nature adds a certain type of dimension to the series. She is affable, peculiar, and composed.
Fanis Mouratidis draws parallels to a shrewd politician. His antics are effervescently contained by repressed expressions that are exposed during extreme circumstances.
Marisha Triantafyllidou portrays Sofia in Maestro in Blue. You’d appreciate her strikingly amazing screen presence.
Yannis Tsortekis as Haralambos is the gray area of the series. In the actual sense of the word, Yannis showcases the ‘brutality’ of a chauvinist. His rough appearance works as a blessing for Maestro in Blue.
Orestis Chalkias is another individual who wins you over as Antonis. His dialogues and reflective emotions come as a breath of fresh air.
Yorgos Benos plays Spyros in Maestro in Blue. He dazzles as an admonished human being. The act of suppression is depicted beautifully by Yorgos.
Where does Maestro in Blue falter?
Nowhere. There are no faults in the show, in my opinion. If you find the pace tacky (though it is apt), play it at 1.25x.
Also, the year in which Maestro in Blue is set in is confusing. While a character says 2022 at one point, another contradicts by calling it 2021. And, toward the end, we again see them using 2022 as a reference.
Should you stream or skip Maestro in Blue?
You should stream it. Maestro in Blue is one of the best shows I have watched in recent times.
The following section contains spoilers.
Will there be Maestro in Blue season 2?
There is no official word yet. But the ending does imply there will be another outing.
Maestro in Blue ending explained.
We saw Orestis leaving the island with his wife. Klelia’s love remains unfulfilled, though she gets Thanos’ support.
On the other hand, the most interesting visual that we see, which can trigger the second season, is Haralambo’s dead body.
It somehow unhooks and starts floating on the water. Now, I think, the Coast Guard will find the body and they will then start an investigation.
To save his son and his reputation as the Mayor, Fanis will blame the murder on Orestis, which will probably bring him back to the island.