- Format: DVD Region 2 for the UK
- Number of Disc: 2
- Genre: Mystery,Crime Drama,Period Drama
- Starring: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz
- Studio: 20th Century Fox
- Release Date: 2018
What’s it about
Winner of two Emmy Awards. Starring and created by Donald Glover, Atlanta follows two cousins who work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families. Actor, writer and musician Glover serves as Executive Producer of Atlanta, along with Paul Simms and Dianne McGunigle of MGMT Entertainment. Atlanta also stars Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stan eld and Zazie Beetz. Atlanta is produced by FX Productions.
Earnest “Earn” Marks is a man who feels his life is drifting aimlessly, with an unrewarding job and difficulties in supporting his young daughter and his on-off again girlfriend Van. When his cousin Alfred starts a rapping career under the stage name “Paper Boi”, Earn convinces him to take him on as his manager. And then life gets even more complicated.
Atlanta is a very hard TV show to pin down. Created and partly written by Donald Glover (Community, Star Wars: Solo), who also stars as Earn, it’s a strange show that moves between different tones with assured ease. It’s a comedy about an intelligent young man who constantly feels let down by society and his idiotic peers, but who also makes plenty of his own mistakes. But it can also go quite dark: the first two episodes see Alfred shooting a man after a parking lot altercation and both him and Earn ending up in the police station, where Earn endures a stark and uncomfortable night alongside drug-dealers, violent criminals and brutal cops.
Later episodes go out-and-out surreal. An entire episode is spent with Alfred as a guest on a strange Atlanta talk show, whilst another is set in a nightclub with secret doors and a lunatic rich guy who apparently drives an invisible car. Another episode revolves entirely around a search for a missing jacket, and another feels like the prototype for the movie Get Out, with Earn enduring the increasingly disturbing attention of a middle-aged white man who is crawling with inappropriately over-earnest guilt for slavery (co-star Lakeith Stanfield also has a prominent role in Get Out, which feels appropriate).
Atlanta is weird and fluid, flowing from being a show about one thing into a show about another. At first it’s difficult to know if you even like the show or not: is it a comedy? A drama? A surrealistic visual tone poem? But the final analysis is that Atlanta is meant to represent Earn’s life, which for all of its specific elements is a life pretty much like anyone else’s, which moves from being funny to sad to being busy to being boring and back again.