A Netflix Chicks Review of Bates Motel
By Chantelle Dusette
It was, with slight trepidation, as an Alfred Hitchcock fan, that I sat down to watch series one of ‘Bates Motel’ after having been notified by Netflix via email that it was available.
The story follows that of Hitchcock’s famed film ‘Psycho’ and I am pleased to say that you neither need be a Hitchcock fan, nor need to have seen the movie to follow Anthony Cipriano’s adaptation of this series, a prequel, to this well written bizarre and intense thriller.
Freddie Highmore playing Norman Bates, looks uncannily like his predecessor, Anthony Perkins and is more than suited to the role of this awkward, angst ridden young man, completely disturbed and suffering from a mental condition that drives him to blackout the most heinous of actions.
The mother, gloriously played by Vera Farmiga is controlling, manipulative, yet vulnerable as the aptly named Norma and the pair embark on a journey to eradicate the past and start a new life in White Pine Bay, Oregon, to run Bates Motel.
The story takes a good pace but there is always an air of uncertainty and inevitably, the pairs demons catch up with them in the form of new characters and after bloodshed, mother and son find themselves vulnerable yet again, this time under the watchful eye of Sheriff Alex Romero (Nester Carbonell).
A compromising relationship between Norma and the Sherrif’s Deputy, Zack Shelby (Mike Vogel) follows and after the unwanted arrival of Norma’s other son, the dangerous yet formidable Dylan Massett (Max Thierot) a chain of events start to occur that look none too good for this incredibly dysfunctional family.
Bates Motel has everything to offer for on the edge of your seat drama and left me desperate for Netflix to bring on series two!