The series She’s Gotta Have It is based on the film of the same name, directed by Spike Lee, in 1986. The new version is acclimated in New York and directed by own Lee, also executive producer next to its Tonya.
The plot tells the story of young Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise), and functions as a chronicle of Brooklin, the nightlife and cultural hub where she lives, works and has fun with us.
At 27, Nola is a plastic artist who runs after her dreams and cultivates friendships. Flirty and extremely independent, she is proud of being nobody’s property. Nola relates at the same time to Greer Childs (Cleo Anthony), Jamie Overstreet (Lyriq Bent) and Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos).
The girl takes the love life with naturalness and total candor. At various times, she says that monogamy has never been a possibility or a remote one. It is worth mentioning that such a phrase is present in an excerpt from the trailer for the series’ release.
Nola realizes the difficulty of choosing one of the partners, since they complete each other in their differences. Mars, the broken hand, is the fun guy that makes Nola laugh until her stomach hurts. Greer is refined and spontaneous, while Jamie from the finance department is a mature, protective man. These three are part of the life of Nora, although the character surely affirms that she is independent and estranged from the relationships. In addition to the boys, Nola feels immense attraction for Opal (Ilfenesh Hadera), an old girlfriend of Nola.
Something very interesting is that most of the time, the direction and the camera are shaped in what is already common: a stronger and faster movement, conveying a sense of dynamism and group perception. However, there are times when the series takes on a documentary character, revealing another feature of Spike Lee’s works. Moments in which the characters speak directly to the camera, breaking the fourth wall, are common in the series.
Despite the cliché of having a main character, bankrupt artist, needing support and help and no one who recognizes her art, but who in a stroke of luck gets a lot of money and ends the series well, She’s Gotta Have It is very fun.
The narrative revolves around Nola’s desire to define the real form of the black woman. She shows us, through her routine and her daily life, the difficulties of being a woman, being black and living in Brooklyn. In an interview, Spike Lee revealed that she believes She’s Gotta Have It is ahead of her time as she works on taboos that have not yet been totally broken in society. In fact, the social issues addressed in the plot are still very controversial.
Despite the attempt, Nola is far from representing, in fact, what the woman, mainly black, is today in society. She’s Gotta Have It is more a production that follows the pattern of empowerment of minorities, mostly referring to women. Lately, we’ve seen a big push from Netflix for productions with such social themes as The Incredible Jessica James, released in January 2017.
In general, She’s Gotta Have It is a good attraction. It is fun, different, short and well organized. It is worth checking! And for those who have not yet watched, it is also worth watching the 1986 feature.
Check out the trailer: