Why Money Heist took the world by storm?

La Casa De Papel (meaning The House of Paper in spanish), best known as ‘Money Heist’ is a spanish series that has earned a huge fan following for itself around the world. This show became a sensation in India a few months before the release of season 4. Let us see why Money Heist became a successful show and why people love and cherish it.

The show is about a group of robbers, who plan and pull-off one of the most innovative and well-planned heists ever. Brought together and guided by ‘The Professor’ (Álvaro Morte) they take over the Royal Mint of Spain and print their own money. They take hostages to protect themselves as well as to work the printing machines. As the Professor stays outside and instructs the gang, things seem to go according to the plan. However, as days go by with the Police desperately trying to put an end to everything, the gang becomes nervous and slips up. Mistakes are made, guns are drawn and what follows next is a roller-coaster ride of twists and the curiosity of what happens next.

The screenplay of the show is interesting as the actual heist and how they prepare for it play one after another. It is certainly engaging as the plot unfolds in a steady way. The Professor’s brilliance is  appealing and is also one of the best talking points of the show. It is amazing how he manages to stay several steps ahead of the Police every time. He had devoted a great deal of his life to devising the perfect plan where he had considered almost every possible situation that would happen. Next comes the gang. They are named after cities as the Professor does not what them to become too attached to each other which might compromise the heist. But that does not stop the gang from becoming friends or even more in a few cases. Úrsula Corberó as Tokyo, Alba Flores as Nairobi and Jaime Lorente as Denver contribute a lot to the show with their great performances yet the real showstealer is Pedro Alonso as Berlin. Pedro is a remarkable actor and his portrayal of Berlin, a disturbed and unpredictable character deserves all praise. We feel conflicted to decide if he is a good guy or a bad guy but in the end we makeup our minds. Every character is memorable and we feel more connected to the show because of them.

The show goes on to talk about something even bigger than heists; a Resistance to the system. The Professor considers the gang and his plans as a Resistance to the corrupt, unfair and inhuman legal and law enforcement system.

He even manages to gain the support of the public, creating waves of revolution. An Italian protest song ‘Bella Ciao’ (meaning goodbye beautiful) is used in several places in the show and the song is iconic and adds great meaning to the events of the show. The Dali mask that the gang uses for the heist is also a symbol of Resistance.

Originally launched via a spanish network, can you believe the show was a flop when it was released in 2017? However, the tables turned when Netflix picked up the show and it went on to become one of the top global hits in Netflix. Everybody say thank you Netflix!

The series is available in both Spanish and English audio. If you have not watched the show yet, we recommend to watch it in Spanish with English subtitles. The English version is not all that bad but the impact is higher in the original audio thanks to the powerful voices of Álvaro and Pedro.

Let’s keep waiting for season 5.

Bella Ciao until then!

By Hariharan

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