An actor writing a role tailor-made to their strengths isn’t exactly unusual. After all, without Chuckie in “Good Will Hunting
,” we wouldn’t be living in a post-Batfleck world. But what Idris Elba
has done in “Turn Up Charlie
” is different, and not necessarily for the better. In Elba and co-creator Gary Reich
’s new Netflix
comedy about an aging, down-on-his-luck DJ who nannies his famous friend’s kid, the reigning Sexiest Man Alive incorporates all his lesser-known attributes into one seductive package…
…while everything around him is trite at best, incompetent at worst. Elba is a sex god slumming in by-the-numbers mainstream shlock. Except he chose to live here — hell, he built the thing himself — which is a mystery more enticing than anything in the show.
Charlie (Elba) is a former ’90s pop star whose career bottomed out over the last two decades, leaving him to take DJ