‘Ozark,’ a Netflix original, concludes with a fascinating but ultimately underwhelming portrayal of a criminal family.
I’ve been a fan of the Ozark series from its premiere, when Jason Bateman delivered a powerful and poignant portrayal of a man under duress(Marty Byrde), a Mexican drug cartel finance manager and secret money launderer, is forced to relocate his family to the Ozarks after his business partner tries to defraud their boss and is killed in the process.
But now that we’re nearing the end of that voyage, Ozark is more likely to be remembered as a brilliant thrill ride – a riveting collection of showcase scenes for a talented cast – than as a series with a clear message.
And that’s a shame, because the difference between good and great for this series can be measured in the way it has morphed from an intriguing character study into a series of escalating and increasingly outlandish threats to a family sinking into a morass of criminality. Something along the lines of “Breaking Bad: The Family Edition.”
Marty’s initial goal was to launder $500 million in five years, demonstrating that he was important to the cartel and unaffected by his partner’s skimming. When the episode initially aired, his children had no idea what their father did for a career, and his wife Wendy, played by a tough-as-nails Laura Linney, was more concerned with keeping the family together.
This time around, it’s less Marty-and-Wendy and more just-Wendy. Marty is oblivious to the fact that she is the driving force behind practically every choice, while she is oblivious to the fact that they are on the verge of tragedy.
He frantically points out that Wendy’s current proposal isn’t going to work a few times too many, prompting the issue of why he’s going along with it all so forcefully. It’s an odd state of affairs (one that other characters constantly comment on), and it leaves Bateman with nothing to do but worry about their predicament.
Meanwhile, Linney is fantastic as Wendy, the manipulative, devious character, displaying the vulnerability beneath the tough, unflappable exterior. Wendy persists in her belief that the net isn’t closing. Early on, a character advises her, “Your reach is exceeding your grasp,” and it’s a reasonable judgement.
Wendy’s goal is to get the family out alive and well while also pursuing her wildly ambitious political ambitions through the Byrde foundation.
Will she eventually overextend herself, though, is the concern that underpins everything. Her plans are frequently delusory and she’s been cut down by the cartel before but she does manage to pull off some incredibly daring moves, making it impossible to guess where she’ll end up.
Ozark is the one of best show in my view list see the below key points why:
- The plot begins right away, and the viewer does not have to wait for a long time for the story to begin.
- This show’s casting is outstanding. Even if they searched for another ten years, they would not have found a better performer to play Marty Byrde. Jason Bateman is great, and he makes you feel what a father in his position would feel. Bateman is best recognized for his roles in comedies, yet he is such a gifted actor that he can fluidly and gracefully transition to a suspenseful drama series. The other characters are also played by excellent performers, but I believe they are underappreciated simply because of Jason Bateman’s brilliance.
- The setting is unique for a crime drama series of this genre, and it’s a breath of new air. You get a good sense of the demography and how they conduct their lives on a daily basis.
- The story is written in such a way that the Byrde family faces more than one major challenge. Throughout the series, they are continually challenged and put on the spot, with great pressure to perform and keep the cartel happy.