The Mexican group Rebelde – which has marked generations of teenagers – arrived this week with a remake of Netflix! Of course, the news filled fans with anxiety and nostalgia, especially with such a classic and remarkable soap opera. But is it worth it? Adnews tells you!
Alert: Contains some spoilers!
The Elite Way School opens up to the new generation of rebels. Seeking a musical career and media visibility, young people need to win the Battle of Bands and prove their talent. The difference is that, set in 2022, amidst the growth of social networks, the series provides several styles and fashion looks in apps like Instagram, for example.
The story also seeks to connect with the original rebels, bringing in new figures linked by kinship, such as Luka Colucci, a relative of Mia Colucci. Another example is the return of the mysterious “sect”, which promotes prank calls to freshmen and worries the school’s management.
Keeping classic differences between parents and children, love conflicts and tense competitions, Rebelde maintains the classic aspect of a plot aimed at a young audience – but it doesn’t go much further.
The cast was certainly one of the strengths of the series, and one of the main reasons viewers gave the remake a chance. With Brazilian figures like Giovanna Grigio, an actress who has been in other soap operas like Chiquititas, the series also knew how to create an interaction between generations.
To promote the new version, Netflix released a video where Sophia Abrahão, Alice from the 2011 version, passes the baton to Grigio in a new cycle.
We couldn’t forget another surprise for fans: the return of characters from the original cast. Celina Ferrer and Pilar Gandía also appear on screens interacting with the new generation.
It’s worth watching?
If you don’t have Rebelde as an important part of your childhood and adolescence memory, the series becomes just another teen release from Netflix with characters and conflicts you’ve seen before elsewhere. For fans, the remake brings the nostalgia factor, which for some is an advantage and for others is a “ruin” of the old episodes.
The new version definitely tries to fit the current teen style. The problem is that there is a forced disproportion at times. Unnatural dialogues and stereotyped characters are present. It’s always a risk to update something so classic that it needs innovation and at the same time the feeling of “I’m back in a special place”.
Netflix Rebel knows how to pay homage to the original cast, taking as an example the mural with the clothes and instruments used by the older generation. However, they all seem like a more caricatured version that is always trying to say “I am that way” instead of conveying that image in a natural way.
As a final consideration, the series knows how to captivate fans of this style, with novels and scenes that spark curiosity. Still, it’s no more surprising than that and it’s the kind of simple entertainment to watch that doesn’t reach high levels of quality – but wins over the viewer by the comfortable feeling at heart.
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