Fans are giving rave reviews to Netflix’s latest series, calling it ‘beautiful and brilliant’ and urging others to add the show to their own watch lists.
Adapted from Trent Dalton’s iconic novel, Boy Swallows Universe is an extraordinary tale that explores the trials and tribulations of two brothers who grow up in 1980s suburban Brisbane.
The seven part series was released in full on January 11, and plenty of the platform’s subscribers have already binged their way through all seven-plus hours.
One wrote on X: Boy Swallows Universe – the Netflix drama is beautiful, brilliant and uplifting. Well done @TrentDalton and @johncolee – thank you.
A second gushed: ‘I just binge-watched Boy Swallows Universe over two nights! I absolutely loved it, and I couldn’t stop watching it. I felt a range of emotions. Love, pride, fear, laughter & tears, as I could relate to some of it. 10 out of 10. Congrats to the writer, producer and fabulous cast!’
Netflix’s Boy Swallows Universe, a seven-episode miniseries, premiered on 11 January with streamers urging others to add it to their watch lists
Adapted from Trent Dalton’s iconic novel, it is an extraordinary tale that explores the trials and tribulations of two brothers who grow up in 1980s suburban Brisbane
Whilst a third penned: ‘Boy swallows universe on Netflix is so Good’
Many gave it top marks of 10/10, with one viewer describing it as ‘compulsory viewing’.
But it’s not just X where people heaped praise. The drama series has received a 7.8 out of 10 on IMDB and an 89% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The series, based on the bestselling book, follows 13-year-old protagonist Eli who faces tough problems because of his mum’s drug issues and his step-dad’s involvement in drug dealing.
The story follows Eli as he grows up, where things start to look better in his later teenage years.
According to Netflix, the limited series portrays ‘an epic coming-of-age story […] that blends the magic and innocence of youth with the brutal reality of the adult world’.
Staying true to its Aussie roots, the show features a talented cast of Australian actors, including Phoebe Tonkin playing the role of Frances Bell, Eli’s mother.
Earlier this month, the stunning actress turned heads at the premiere in Brisbane.
And whilst many of the twists and turns of the show are fictional, the author Trent Dalton has spoken out on how he was inspired by some of his own childhood experiences.
Netflix fans have been going wild for the new drama series rated 89 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes and scoring 7.8 out of 10 on Rotten Tomatoes
The author of the best selling book has revealed how experiences from his childhood helped inspire characters and shape events
Talking to Townsville Bulletin the author recounted how he grew up with two unconventional male role models – his criminal stepfather, and their family friend Arthur ‘Slim’ Halliday, who was a convicted murderer and became known as ‘The Houdini of Boggo Road’.
He also told how his ‘hero’ mum inspired the character in the book.
He said: ‘I don’t have enough words in the book to go on about all the things my mum survived, things that other people would have succumbed to.
‘My mum went away for two years just like Frankie Bell does in the book.
‘Everything that happened in that passage in the book with the kid wanting to see his mum is pretty close to the bone for me.’