Netflix’s Inventing Anna attempts to tell the story of the Soho Grifter, Anna Delvey. Anna Delvey, AKA Sorokin (Julia Garner), portrayed herself as a wealthy German Heiress and wormed her way into New York high society, stealing along the way. The series is mainly from the perspective of a disgraced journalist, Vivian Kent (Anna Chlumsky), who is desperate for a story to rehabilitate her image before she gives birth.
Where do I start? This series was about four episodes too long. It was painful, and I have no idea why I watched past the first episode. I guess I was hoping it would get better when the series got around to the actual story. Eventually, after too much of Kent on screen, I began fast-forwarding through the boring parts. Oh, there were so many boring parts. I absolutely hated the journalist and everything to do with her. She was insufferable and selfish… Also, why did she have to be pregnant? Why were there ultrasound, birth, and baby scenes? Why were they pertinent to the story? News alert: These plot points were beyond unnecessary and uninteresting. Her journalist integrity was highly questionable. I hope the journalist the character is based on isn’t like her.
As for Julia Gardner, she was the least obnoxious person in the series. Her Anna accent was problematic, but she looked the part most of the time. The rest of the cast… yeah, not impressed. The storytelling was terrible and was a mishmash of a non-linear timeline and uninteresting details, not as interesting as the actual Delvey case. Honestly, I’ve never seen anything produced by Shonda Rhimes, and she sure likes to plaster her name everywhere. She has officially made my ‘avoid like the plague’ list. Rhimes also did Rachel Williams dirty. Yeah, Rachel did make money from her story, but that doesn’t justify Delvey conning her out of $62K. It was a shady move, and as soon as I felt that the show was going to do that, it made me dislike it even more.
This series was basic, dull, and overly long. I sat there wondering what the point was of the whole thing. It wasn’t like Delvey was condemned for her actions; if anything, the series tried to absolve her of her financial crimes. It’s also kind of gross that the real Anna Delvey got a hefty sum of money for her story. I would avoid this unless you just want background noise and don’t intend to watch it.
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