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Man vs. Bee Starring Rowan Atkinson Review: Is It Worth Watching?

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Rowan Atkinson became a worldwide star in 1990, when he displayed his gift for physical comedy as the bumbling, silent Mr. Bean. He has been doing that kind of comedy for decades now and same goes for his latest Netflix series “man vs bee”.Trevor Bingley (Rowan Atkinson) is found guilty of 14 counts that vary from stealing a car to arson. He explains himself by apologizing and saying “There was this bee…”

At the start, Trevor Bingley (Rowan Atkinson) is found guilty of 14 counts that vary from stealing a car to arson. He explains himself by apologizing and saying “There was this bee…”

Then we go back to what actually happened. Trevor is a good dad to his daughter. He finally got a job at a company that does housesitting for people. Trevor is assigned for a mansion of a rich couple. But that wasn’t a normal mansion, it had art and other objects worth millions. Nina, the owner of the house tells Trevor about the fairly easy way to operate the hi-tech stuff in the house, saying all of it is in a “manual” she had put together and hard-bound like a book.

They also have a very friendly sheepdog named Cupcake who has a nut allergy and a very specific diet, if not followed, there will be “doggie doo-doo everywhere,” Nina says.

Then there’s a bee, which Trevor accidentally lets in the house. He accidentally breaks a statue while waving at the bee. Then he traps it under a cup, but the strong bee manages to escape. During all this, Trevor figures out how to open the automatic cabinets then turns on the wrong burner while making soup and completely destroys the manual, which he left on top of the stove for some reason. The show is about all the stuff that Trevor goes through in order to finally get rid of the bee.

Given the use of Atkinson’s physical comedy skills, Man Vs. Bee is about as close as Atkinson can get to Mr. Bean while playing a different character. There are 9 episodes running between 10-19 minutes each, the total running time of the series is 108 minutes. So it’s pretty short too.

At the end of the day, Man vs Bee is a decent comedy series that Mr. Bean fans will absolutely love but casual viewers might find it a bit cringey. The series in itself isn’t anything too special but it still is able to present itself well.

The show is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 7/10

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Anmol Pandhi

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