WandaVision review: Marvel is taking the Mandalorian route (thanks to Disney) by releasing a few episodes early and revealing the rest every week. The show starts off by paying homage to the classic sitcom style that many of us have witnessed in some of the shows that we loved.
Discard: Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn, Teyonah Parris
Creator: Jac schaeffer
Director: Matt shakman
Star rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
WandaVision review: what is it?
It depends on where you are from. If this is your first interaction with “ something from Marvel ” after Avengers: Endgame, you may remember Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) who was resurrected after losing her lover Vision ( Paul Bettany) to benefit Thanos (Josh Brolin) for Mind Stone. But, if you’ve read any comics in between or before and are familiar with the backstory of Wanda & Vision, you’ll look at this abstract take on these superheroes a little differently from the rest.
Wanda & Vision have just moved to a new location (Westview), and are trying to settle in with the neighbors. They are not humans, as we all know by now, but not their neighbors. So, in order not to frighten them, Wanda and Vision decide to act as humanly as possible while hiding their superpowers. But, for how long could they continue with this act? Well, that’s what the remaining episodes will be.
WandaVision review: what’s good and bad?
The best thing about the first two episodes of the series is the decision to release two episodes in particular to begin with. If that number had been one or three, there was no chance of leaving the same impact as with two. The build-up is designed so that you don’t know what’s going on, but you’re still waiting to see what happens next. It also follows the “ cold open ” path of sitcoms, and ironically, both episodes are kind of a visual “ cold opening ” that we’ll witness in the rest.
Conversely, “Cold Open” is a style of storytelling adapted by sitcoms that are designed to grab your attention immediately before the title sequence even begins. Basically, everything you see before the show’s title sequence is some kind of open chill. As everyone waited for the end credits, Marvel surprised fans a bit with pre-credits scenes worth two episodes.
Reports say that Disney has allocated a budget of $ 25 million for a total of nine episodes, which brings in around $ 2.75 million / episode. The first two episodes have nothing to match that cost, which indicates how visually monumental the rest of the series is going to be. What didn’t land properly were the machine-human one-liners – Vision’s colleague calling him a “traveling computer”, his boss asking “is your screw loose?” This is the classic case of Marvel exaggerating things that could have worked if they were in the right amount.
Covered in far too many Easter Eggs from a Stark Industries Toaster to Strucker watch that clearly screams HYDRA, there are several instances that might force the comic book nerd in you to pause and notice what’s going on. . If HYDRA returns, we will also need someone to support Wanda and Vision. If you guessed SHIELD, you’ll need to do your homework correctly. SWORD is the correct answer; it’s a subdivision of SHIELD, and there are a few scenes that tease the same thing. There is a scene in which Wanda finds a helicopter and the “ Beekeeper ” scene now a meme, both come with a well-placed SWORD symbol.
WandaVision review: featured performances
This could prove to be a career defining performance for Elizabeth Olsen for one main reason: screen space. She has always been good as Wanda in the Avengers saga, but for obvious reasons, she has been sidelined by those who helmed the series. But it’s like a fortress owned by the only lioness in the area. There aren’t any scenes requiring Olsen’s physical vigilance, but we’ve seen her nail them down before, and she will do the same in future episodes.
The scenes in which Vision “tries” to imitate human actions bring out the best of Paul Bettany. Not going to lie, it gets monotonous at the end of the second episode, but it’s understandable. There will be a problem if this continues, which seems very unlikely.
Kathryn Hahn as Wanda’s inquisitive neighbor Agnes looks straight out of the ’60s. Adapting to the timeline, she completes the show’s initial theme. Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau is set to be an important character in the series.
WandaVision review: last word
All is said and done; the first few episodes act as a perfect cliffhanger to the magnanimous wonder-mania, which would be discovered weekly. If you haven’t watched any promo from the show (just like me), don’t be confused and read more about the show to understand why this is what it is.
Three and a half stars!
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