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Watching Yo-Yo and his buddies slowly discover this crushing truth in a miniseries that often has the look and feel of more sentimental war pictures, well, that's where the true power of Hulu's "Catch-22" resides.
Catch-22 does have its uneven moments and some underdeveloped characters along the way but it succeeds in its overall mission.
It's a remarkably good-looking, high-quality piece of work all round -- and it returns the story to its historical context.
Good (and good-looking) production, but without contemporary relevance, urgency or edge.
It makes room for some small but soaring set pieces, like Giancarlo Giannini's brief appearance as an old, Italian man giving the young, American soldiers a lesson in wartime relativity.
There are good reasons to visit this project, but the big-name actors are, interestingly, not really among them. The lesser-known actors are, in many cases, stronger.
What moved me the most about this story is the inherent sense of hope that lies buried below the layers of cynicism. War most certainly is hell, but surviving it just may be the path to our humanity.
The show marks a return for [George] Clooney as a storyteller, playing into both sides of his directorial oeuvre and makes a strong case for Christopher Abbott as a new leading man.
As with its source material novel, the tonal shifts between horror and hilarity are directed and played with relish.
It reminded me of a snow globe, where all of the action was on the inside, and I was on the outside. And when the flurries settled, everything still looked pretty much the same.
Although a terrifically well made production, with some gorgeous cinematography and a fabulous cast, it can't help but feel like a much more conventional work than the original book, with a lot that simply doesn't work as well on screen as on paper.
Audience Reviews for Catch-22: Miniseries
Feb 01, 2021First, anybody who says it is "true" to the novel is kidding themselves. The series leaves out certain things which are either too dated or too unrealistic to make sense. What some might call sexism that was present in both the novel and the original movie, is gone. But the series is stronger for it. And anyhow, once you've heard Orson Welles say " Get back in the car you smirking slut"..it really can't be topped. The writers here also leave out the form letters on behalf of your wife and/or sweetheart. What they do really, is take the surreal absurdities of the novel and imagine them in believable ways. Cathcart's nice tight bombing runs, for instance, seem like something you might actually hear. By warming up the characters they make the violence so much more effective. McWatt's killing of a fellow soldier and subsequent suicide were just random insanity before, in the movie, and now they are devestating scenes, along with the death of Nately, and Aarfy's murder. In all, the series is beautifully filmed, romantic, moves well, and totally worth watching.
Dec 04, 2020The mini-series lacked some of the literary humour of the book. But then this isn't a book. The show did have humour. But more importantly, it captured the daily irreverence of soldiers serving in a dysfunctional organisation, and their impotence in changing that system. And it displayed the sobering horrors of war.
Sep 03, 2020This Hulu miniseries was alright. George Clooney, Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, and the rest of the cast did a decent job in this miniseries. The plot to the movie was very dramatic, depressing, and intense. It's about survival and doing whatever it takes to get home. If you haven't seen this miniseries yet, don't waste your time. It's way too depressing to watch. That's what I think anyway.
Jun 02, 2020While I haven't read the book, the show excites me to get into Joseph Heller's work. The cast is phenomenal. Classic faces encapsulate WWII era vibes. Suspense, satire, scares - it's all there.
Feb 27, 2020It was nothing spectacular so I did not get past the first DVD. I use the subtitles option on the DVD and it was one of the hardest to read. It was an ugly font they used and barely visible whereas other movies and TV series use a much easier to read subtitles. I have to admit that had a big bearing on this "Meh" review.
Jan 17, 2020it lacks the black comedy of the book and the original movie.
Jan 12, 2020What a fantastic mini-series, and I didn't even see much advertisement on it. I'm not really into war movies/tv shows, but this one definitely makes the cut. It really highlights humanity for what it is.
Dec 14, 2019I absolutely loved the show! I'm a fan of the book, so I was apprehensive, but they really did manage to do justice to the source material! Great casting on all fronts, just a truly enjoyable show!
Nov 28, 2019The ending fucking sucked like really they keep fucking him over and he didn't do nothing back wow great ending
Nov 18, 2019This is a good tv show. The book is brilliant, and the tv show is just good. Worth to watch. But. It's not funny at all. The book is very, very funny. Terrible, heartbreaking and hillarious. But the tv show is not. Only horror and hopelessness