Starring Issa Rae, Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji, ‘Insecure’ has main characters that all have flaws.
No one is exempt from criticism. In other words, they are all TRASH.
Too often, film and television opt to have characters that act immorally and mess up that act as a direct contrast to their perfect counterparts who can do no wrong.
Not only is this boring but it isn’t at all realistic. No one is perfect; especially in relationships and ‘Insecure’ illustrated this amazingly.
Let’s start with main character Issa. Her main flaw according to Twitter is her infidelity towards longtime boyfriend Lawrence.
I would add that she is also very judgemental and quick to point out everyone else’s wrongdoings yet fails to recognise her own. Her attack on her best friend Molly in season one at the fundraiser was harsh.
The criticisms of Molly by the other characters and by the audience were accurate. Her ‘standards’ are her downfall. She initially dismisses Jared because he didn’t go to college and later chooses Dro (who is married and in an open relationship) over Quinton who consoled and supported her through her work troubles.
Molly is right to have high standards but her fairytale based construction of the perfect guy leads her into more trouble than happiness.
I initially felt sorry for Lawrence. His struggle to find work despite his degree is an all too familiar scenario to millennials. I wanted him to get his app up and running and feel accomplished.
He was clearly depressed and this prevented him from being the fulfilling boyfriend that Issa needed.
When Issa cheated with Daniel, I was Team Lawrence and I screamed at my screen.
I know Lawrence messed up her birthday and was bumming around on the sofa but Issa cheated just as Lawrence was starting to get back on top of things and prove he was committed to her.
I still hope they’ll work things out in Season 3.
Lawrence disappointed me in the way he treated Tasha. His disregard for her feelings and skipping out on her family barbeque (which he wasn’t forced to attend) was unnecessary. Tasha’s dragging of him offered my favourite quote from the show:
“You’re worse than a fuck nigga. You’re a fuck nigga that thinks he’s a good dude”
Aside from the great writing, acting and characters; the cinematography and soundtrack of ‘Insecure’ add to its appeal.
I think ‘Insecure’ has the best-suited soundtrack for a series I have ever encountered.
The insecurity and relationship troubles explored in featured artists’ music such as Bryson Tiller and SZA is a perfect match for the themes of the show.
I sometimes forget that the songs are stand-alone products and not a score composed exclusively for the HBO original.
‘Insecure’ displays a huge variation of black femininity and masculinity. The ‘angry black woman’ construction is discussed and challenged, as is the ‘ratchet black woman’ and black masculinity and sexuality; all of which are prevalent issues in the black community.
MIC published an article about how ‘Insecure’ has mastered the art of lighting black actors featuring an interview with the show’s Director of Photography, Ava Berkofsky.
The article showcased the innovative nature of not only the show in terms of its black representation but also its composition.
The result is that the already beautiful cast members appear just as great on screen as they do in real life.
If you haven’t already, watch ‘Insecure’ and let me know what you think of the characters in the comments below.