Review: The World According To Jeff Goldblum Is A Nerdy Delight

(Note: when I say nerdy, it is not in a negative connotation. It’s cool to be nerdy, kids. Never forget that.)

Jeff Goldblum is a universal treasure. He is equal parts intimidating charisma, unique wardrobe, quirky nerd, and child-like curiosity. He has been a fixture in the film industry for nearly forty years. A career that sprouted from early fair such as The Big Chill and Silverado, eventually exploding into the spotlight with the Sci-Fi remake of The Fly. Then came the blockbuster ’90s, where he portrayed Mathematician/Chaotician Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Sandwiched in between those two was his performance as David Levinson opposite Will Smith and Bill Pullman in the “humanity vs evil extraterrestrials” action extravaganza Independence Day.

In the 2000s, he ventured into the quirky Indies (The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou) while making appearances in television (King Of The HillFriendsWill & Grace and Law & Order: Criminal Intent). The following decade, Goldblum appeared in The Grand Budapest Hotel, reprised his Levinson character in Independence Day: Resurgence, entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok (as well as in the end credits of Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2), and once again donned the all-black style of Dr. Malcolm in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Now, with the release of the Mouse House’s juggernaut streaming service Disney+, fans can now enjoy the exquisite styling of Goldblum through his own docuseries, The World According To Jeff Goldblum.

Available off the National Geographic menu on Disney+, the series follows Goldblum on his adventures of learning about the world around him. In the first episode, Goldblum learns about the history (and massive business industry) of the world of sneakers. From the first development of rubber-soled shoes to the extravaganza known as SneakerCon, Goldblum takes the viewer on a tour through sneaker collecting and the passion behind it. In the following episode, Goldblum investigates the love society has for ice cream, delving into its creation, evolution, and how the tasty cold delight will turn any individual into a four-year-old child with one bite.

What sells the series is the mixture of simple topics,  creative timeline visuals, real people featured as guests, and of course the hosting stylings of one Jeff Goldblum. The actor/jazz performer engages every guest that is featured with him, focusing his full attention on what they have to say. He pairs his detailed questioning curiosity with a youthful excitement and amazement for the answer.  Literally, Goldblum could host an episode that discusses how staples are made, and his energy and vocabulary would keep anyone interested. If Anthony Bourdain was the cool, easy-going cuisine host and W. Kamau Bell is the funny, tongue-in-cheek, yet eye-opening host, Goldblum is the suave-yet-nerdy, “hip dad” host who creates a new genre all his own.

The World According To Jeff Goldblum is available on Disney+, with new episodes dropping every Friday.

Rating: A.

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