Looking for Alaska Review

This weekend , Stan will go in search of a Great Perhaps with the release of Looking For Alaska.

In Looking For Alaska, we meet Miles ‘Pudge’ Halter (Charlie Plummer, Granite Falls), a teenager obsessed with famous last words and craving a new adventure or “the Great Perhaps”. Heading off to the Culver Creek Boarding School, he meets his roommate The Colonel, aka Chip Martin (Denny Love), who actually gives him the ironic nickname ‘Pudge’.

Colonel is a scholarship student who is an enemy of the lacrosse jocks – The Weekday Warriors – led by Longwell (Uriah Shelton, The Glades), a handsome, rich and entitled jock whose goal is to make Colonel’s life hell.

The Colonel takes Miles under his wing and introduces him to his friend Alaska Young (Kristine Froseth, Sierra Burgess Is A Loser). Alaska is gorgeous, clever, funny, a tad self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating. She pulls Miles into her world, causing his life to never be the same again.

Will Miles and his friends be able to deal with the pressure of the Weekend Warriors, and how will they deal when tragedy comes a-knocking, as glimpsed in the opening moments?

Looking For Alaska is based on John Green’s 2005 debut novel of the same name, and after watching the first three episodes for this review, it’s safe to say that cast are a mesmerizing bunch. But, it’s Plummer and Froseth who shine as we go through the journey of Looking for Alaska.

The script, penned by The OC‘s Josh Schwartz, stays true to the tone of the source material with an air of mystery and intriguing characters. The longer format, as opposed to film like previous John Green adaptations, allows us to explore these characters and delve deep into the Great Perhaps.

With a killer soundtrack and mystery, Looking For Alaska is a series about the challenges of growing up and finding yourself and the journey of life and it’s Great Perhaps good luck trying to savour this one it demands your weekend.

4/5 Stars

Looking For Alaska premiers on Stan on October 19.