Exactly the movie you think it is, but not the movie you want it to be.
Mathilde the Guild
Although I seem to have had higher expectations than I thought, the movie is super entertaining.
This film is so real. It treats its characters with so much care and sensitivity.
I have seen all major TV series: Sopranos, Wire, Breaking Bad, Games of Thrones, Mad Men, Downton Abbey etc etc etc.. and this is the best show of them all without hesitation. This is an excellent drama about relationships, family, life and death. After having watched this series you will be a slightly different and better person. Don't miss this great opportunity! Don't be held back that this is an older series, invest your time and you will be greatly rewarded for doing so.Everything else about this series has been said in the reviews below. This is my first review on IMDB and I just felt I needed to post one after having watched this series, and hopefully bring some more attention to this fantastic masterpiece.Put this on the top of your list and start watching asap !
I am a teenager. My parents have mentioned over my whole life so far about how amazing 'Six Feet Under' is. Of course, at the time, I was way too young to actually watch this show, let alone appreciate it. But, this past weekend marked the show's fifteenth anniversary, and HBO ran the whole series in chronological order. I didn't see much of it. The first episode I saw was the season three finale. But, the show enticed me, and I didn't want to stop watching. I skipped over some episodes; why, i don't know. When I reached Season Five, Episode 9, titled 'Ecotone", I realized how amazing the show was. In the end, when Nate died, I realized how much emotional weight the show has. It only got sadder in the next episode, 'All Alone', where Nate's death scrambled everyone into the worst places they could be in. Then, when I reached 'Everyone's Waiting', I was amazed by the storytelling, symbolism, and, yet again, the emotional weight. Then, when Claire said her goodbyes and left for New York, I knew I was gonna cry. I did not realize how much, though. As soon as the last six minutes came around, my eyes became waterfalls. I became dehydrated from crying. I am, right now, sitting at my computer over an hour after I finished the finale, still awestruck. Not only was I emotionally moved, I was amazed at how amazing and artistic that final sequence was. I am truly grateful for sitting in my living room and watching this show. These eyes haven't seen decades of television, but this instantly became my favorite show of all time. And, it sets the bar really high.
I have just finished watching this series and along the way I have mostly enjoyed it. But now that it's finished and I look back it on I've realized every single character of the Fisher family, including Brenda, are the most self absorbed narcissistic people you could ever meet. Even in the end so was the mother Ruth. At the end of the day none of these characters gave a f**k about anyone else except themselves. Through the seasons you get to like then dislike the like again certain characters but ultimately at the end there is not one single one that you're rooting for. Was that the point of Alan Ball ? He must have had a very miserable childhood.
Six Feet Under has some of the best content I have had the pleasure to watch in a television series. If you have yet to watch it, I recommend you do so. With that said I'll keep this warning spoiler free. The show is very good and engrossing through season 1 & 2. However throughout the rest of the seasons the character's literally loop their story lines. I won't go in too much detail but to give you an idea relationships that failed come back to fail again, people that have a brush with death come back to brush again. (Brush again?) The main characters, with the exception of one, evolve then regress so that they can evolve again. I think the best way to watch this show is to be attentive throughout seasons 1,2, and 5. Seasons 3 & 4 do not require your full attention. What helps more is after you have watched the show read up on the creator's comments about the characters. I myself was extremely frustrated with a central character whom I thought was a joke of a person. But I found great comfort that the character was supposed to represent what we don't want to be. And after that I enjoyed the show more the second time around years later. If there wasn't such an intense amount of filler in this series I would have rated it a 9.