Series Review: Dash and Lily (2020)

I was a massive fan of the book and so was dubious about this adaption.  There was no need, this is gloriously wholesome and warm and festive.

Certificate: 15

Director: Brad Silberling

Screenwriter: Joe Tracz

Starring: Austin Abrams, Midori Francis, Dante Brown

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Runtime: 25 Minutes/Episode

No. of Episodes: 8

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

A whirlwind holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City.  Both are feeling a little lost this festive season and are each facing their own personal dramas, but through it all they are there for each other.  Even if the only contact they have is through notes left in the notebook.  As Christmas Day approaches, they are both struggling with trying to define what their relationship is and with the big question, should they finally take their friendship off the page and finally meet in person?

Well this was just delightful.  This is a big warm Christmassy hug complete with heart-warming ending and magical Christmas snowfall and…I just feel all worm and fuzzy inside.  Sure it is a big bundle of clichés, and you know from the get go that the magic of Christmas will make everything OK, and everyone will learn important lessons about themselves etc.  But isn’t that part of what makes Christmas films/shows so wonderful.  They are always so dependable and happy and they make you feel good.  And this show is all of those things.

I have never been to New York full stop, never mind at Christmas, but in my head this series is exactly what New York is like at Christmas. All twinkly lights, and giant Christmas trees and snow, and so what if this series shows the city through Rose tinted glasses, It is a magical setting that really sets the mood for story.  To counter act that though we are following two main characters whose Christmases are going to be anything but perfect, they each have some real shit going on this year and take solace in each other to get through their less than idea holiday.

Both Dash and Lily are really cliché characters.  Dash is just a little TOO cool and a little TOO bohemian, think Timothee Chalamet but with less hair.  And Lily is your stereotypical ‘Quirky Girl’ who is way too different than everyone her own age to have many friends but has a strong enough character that she can pretend it doesn’t bother her most of the time.  Their cookie cutter characters don’t ruin the magic, but it does mean that their characters can’t really have that much development and you already know how they are going to react to every situation that they find themselves in.

In the run up to the most wonderful time of the year, this will be a great, fun family watch for anyone with older kids, or just to watch on your own as an adult one evening if you need a little Christmas Pick-Me-Up. 

‘Dash and Lily’ is streaming now on Netflix.

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