Hawkeye ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali
Series based on the Marvel Comics superhero Hawkeye, focusing on the adventures of Young Avenger, Kate Bishop, who took on the role after the original Avenger, Clint Barton. On Disney +
I hate to say this, but all the nerdy and geeky online criticisms about this latest Marvel series on Disney+ I had glimpsed across over the past six weeks (even though I was actively trying to stay away from spoilers), turned out to be true.
This is a baggy, slow, low-key series that should have been four episodes and not six.
For a start, for something that’s named Hawkeye there doesn’t seem be enough of him, especially in the earlier episodes. In fact Marvel seems to be more concerned about setting up the character Kate Bishop (though bagging Hailee Steinfeld is quite a coup).
I’m sure they’re trying to plant the seeds for some future films especially now that Black Widow has gone and they need to raise the women quota, but I thought the balance between the two characters was definitely wrong and we should have arrived to her character via Hawkeye instead of running the two stories in parallel.
It’s as if the makers of this latest entry in the multi-million-dollar franchise machine, didn’t quite trust or believe their own main character and felt they had to pair him up with somebody else. They even jokingly admit that throughout the series itself (though acknowledging it doesn’t necessarily make it any better, to be honest).
Also – and this is my biggest complaint – the whole thing really felt drawn out and padded with superfluous scenes and slow character beats and crucially lacking on any real momentum to push you from one episode to the next.
The first real “wake up call”, a rather impressive car chase sequence, only happened on the third episode, but beyond that, there’s very little to impress the average viewer. In fact, after watching it only about a week ago, I’m already struggling to remember anything else.
There are a couple of nice surprise appearances in the last few episodes (don’t worry, no spoilers here), but they’re mainly for the hard-core fans and one in particular feels a very much wasted in the end.
The fights scenes go through the motions, the dialogue is not as sharp as they would like you to believe, the plot is very predictable and the twists are so apparent that even my nine year old son saw them coming.
Of course this is a perfectly serviceable product, with enough tongue-in-cheek / wink-wink lines, action and fan-service to pass by, but in a time when Spider-Man: No Way Home is aiming so high and breaking all the records out in the cinemas, being modest and low-key (even if it was intentional) felt to me slightly disappointing and I was almost watching it out of duty.
Nowadays, this MCU such an intricate soap-opera-like affair that you feel like you have to catch up with all of them, rather than out of pleasure.
Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.
Hawkeye is available to watch on Disney +
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