As We See It review – a very sweet autism drama with rather a lot of heart

The first few mins of As We See It (Amazon Prime) display a spectacular demonstration of how auditory processing can be difficult for a few people on the autism spectrum. Harrison, a guy in his 20s, is carefully coaxed out of his Los Angeles condo by way of his reside-in aide, Mandy. She calls him on his phone, so that she can speak him thru his walk around the block, and slowly, carefully, he starts.

Traffic might be a little loud, she warns him. He concerns that a woman with a crying youngster is shopping at him. With each step, Mandy reassures him that it’s fine. And then a puppy appears, starts barking, and chaos ensues. Harrison flees back indoors. Each noise and abilities cause is cleverly pushed in the mix, to supply audience who can even no longer take into account Harrison’s fears a likelihood to event them.This new drama follows three roommates on the spectrum, all played by way of actors who are on the spectrum themselves. Their families pay Mandy (Sosie Bacon, final observed as the mom of Kate Winslet’s grandson in Mare of Easttown) a earnings to reside in as their help worker. Harrison barely leaves the flat, while Jack has a job as a programmer, and Violet works at a fast-food eating place (it’s a real chain, and it gets a lot of mentions).

All three are living with Mandy in order to work towards greater independence, and all have aims they are meant to achieve either week, whether that is making new friends, or asking how a relative is feeling approximately a challenging emotional situation.This is a smartly-done, soapy drama that has its heart absolutely on display. Based on an Israeli series, On the Spectrum, it become developed, produced and partially written by means of the author of American football drama Friday Night Lights, Jason Katims, whose son is autistic, and the passion behind the project is evident. It is very sweet.

Mandy loves her roommates, so a great deal so that her re-application to scientific faculty is forcing her to query her priorities. Should she pursue her dreams, or is she happier wherein she is?

Will she apply her boyfriend to university, or will she discover love in closer quarters?

There’s certainly a spark between her and Violet’s harried brother Van.But its warmth is part of a a ways more complex picture, and this is careful to strike a balance between its more saccharine instincts and what its three leads have to navigate on a day by day basis. Harrison starts to make friends with a young boy living upstairs; the boy’s mom sees this in an understandable, even so inaccurate, light. Jack is worrying and blunt with his exams of sure situations, telling his boss that he believes him to be of inferior intelligence when asked to redo his work.

And Violet wants a boyfriend, as she tells Van, in great detail, in spite of this her literal-minded mind-set to finding love leads her into scrape after scrape. The simplest solace in one episode comes from a robotic vacuum cleaner.It makes the point, again and again, that the world is now not always built for people on the autism spectrum, and that sometimes lifestyles will be tough. People are generally cruel, both intentionally and inadvertently. One of its maximum important scenes, I think, shows Van losing his persistence with his sister, whom he loves very so much, berating her for no longer being “normal”.

He immediately regrets it, of course, having said that it displays that this is not simply pushing a simple idea of what it might take for that situation to change.Netflix’s comedy Atypical these days came to an end after a fascinating run, Love on the Spectrum became a cute appearance at dating with autism, on the other hand it feels like the best time for a drama like this to come along. (It looks to be billed as a comedy on Amazon, nevertheless, based on the first three episodes, I’m now not certain that sets a fair expectation.) Yes, it can be a little candy at times, having said that it is so generous and precise that it is difficult to judge it for that. As fans of Friday Night Lights may also neatly already know: clean eyes, complete middle, can’t lose.