Hawkeye Review: Is Marvel’s Breezy Christmas Series Too Light?

Hawkeye / Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) has always been the quietest of the Avengers, along with Black Widow / Natasha Romanoff’s (Scarlett Johansson) best friend, who sacrificed herself in Avengers: Endgame for Clint to live. While the Natasha family consisted of the Avengers themselves, Clint had a family of his own: his wife Laura (Linda Cardellini) and three children; Lila, Cooper and Nathaniel (Ava Russo, Ben Sakamoto and Cade Woodward, respectively). But after losing them all in Snap – that’s what Thanos did in Avengers: Infinity War – for five years he took “the pain, anger and sadness of all the bad guys on the planet,” as Renner said in a production diary. for the series. It’s barely on Endgame, because the three-hour movie had a lot in mind, but this is now fertile ground for Hawkeye’s own TV series.

After all, most superheroes, including Hawkeye, operate with self-imposed rules. Not everyone is as extreme as Batman in this regard, but they generally try to prevent the loss of human lives, unless it is the only way left to save themselves or someone else. But when Clint turned into Ronin, who wields a deadly sword for five years, he went far beyond that. “Clint has become a watchman. Justified or not, it is a huge burden for him because he knew he was coming out of the moral code of what he is, ”Renner added.

However, not many Hawkeye face Ronin’s ugly legacy in the first two episodes of Falcon eyes. It is much lighter, it fits the spirit of the holiday (Christmas). The six-episode Marvel series – created by Jonathan Igla (Mad Men, Bridgerton) – begins on Wednesday, November 24, on Disney + and Disney + Hotstar. Disney has given critics access to a third of the series, or what the first act of a movie means, as in the case of Tom Hiddleston. Lokiand The Falcon and the Winter Soldier with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. This review can’t talk about the remaining four episodes and how they deal with Ronin’s trauma.

But Hawkeye isn’t Hawkeye at all in the first two episodes – though I imagine that will change sooner or later, given what I’ve seen in Falcon eyes trailers and photos. He is no longer a Avenger, if the “Avengers” are one thing today. After all, not only did Nat disappear, but also Tony Stark / Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers / Captain America (Chris Evans). That’s half the OG gang. He is like a detective sometimes, who is really exhausted and all he wants is to spend time with his family. So when a rich white girl exhumes the corpse of his past Ronin, Hawkeye just wants to put an end to it as soon as possible so that he can return to the only thing he really cares about: family. (I say “family” a lot, I know.)

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In this regard, Falcon eyes the series is like Renner in real life. The 50-year-old California native never hid his disinterest in climbing the Hollywood ladder. Renner always gave priority to his (real) family over work – his on-screen character could probably learn a thing or two – he even told himself so far away to tell Marvel he could reformulate its role if his schedule didn’t work out for them.

There are pieces of family time filled in the first two Falcon eyes episodes that find Clint and his three children in New York City before Christmas, watching a Broadway play Rogers: The Musical. In case you missed it Falcon eyes Trailer, yes, is a stage musical that celebrates the late Steve Rogers. Falcon eyes shows us a musical recreation of how the Avengers came to the rescue during the 2012 Chita invasion of New York City. It’s stupid and funny – that’s the kind of spirit it is Falcon eyes he seems to be pursuing, juxtaposing Clint Barton’s serious and mischievous business with the hilarious situations he finds himself in. Elsewhere, Falcon eyes takes us to the LARP scene in New York (this is a live-action role-playing game), and a villain is offended after their real estate choices are criticized.

But Clint’s family time is shortened by that rich white girl mentioned above, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld, of Apple TV +). Dickinson) goes over her head. Kate is a 22-year-old expert archer who took the bow and arrow because Hawkeye was her hero and inspiration *. So far, so good. But as the daughter of Eleanor Bishop (Vera Farmiga, of The Conjuring), who owns a prestigious security firm and spends her time attending charity galas, Kate comes from an extremely privileged place. She is young, rich and likes to cause trouble. Shortly after receiving a slap on the wrist for showing off her archery skills at college, Kate arrives home in New York, where she takes possession of Ronin’s suit. Clint has made a lot of enemies like Ronin, so naturally I’m after Kate now.

* Marvel is making a trend in this direction as its on-screen mythology deepens. Next year, we have the Disney + series Mrs. Marvel, which is also about a big Marvel fan. In this case, it’s Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).

This put Clint and Kate on a collision course – and the two couldn’t be more different about it. As a big fan, Kate looks at Hawkeye, she can be very stubborn and eager to learn. But Clint has no inclination to teach. All he wants is to return to his family. There are six days left until Christmas, after all, and Clint will not miss a single Christmas with his loved ones. This results in some hilarious quiet moments. Minutes after saving her for the first time, Kate asks Clint to sign her bow. She was told to stay away, Kate did the opposite, crushing a solo plan Clint had devised.

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Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop, Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne Falcon eyes
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But these moments are few and far between. There are a lot of exhibitions involved in setting up Kate, her family and the extended circle – and nothing is very interesting. Kate is full of spirit and that helps Falcon eyes. But it is not easy to connect with a privileged child who seems to have little to lose. There is not much struggle in her life and all she seems to do is create problems for herself and others. Steinfeld is a very good actress, Falcon eyes he should make more of it. The same could be said of almost everyone else on her side. The farmer is stuck playing the role of a mother in a rich society who wants to protect her daughter and wants the best for her, even though she sometimes seems hopeless. Tony Dalton, excellent in Better Call Saul, brings Jack Duquesne (Eleanor’s handsome, who has a controversial relationship with Kate) a slightly attenuated perversity, but it’s not enough for him.

The big problem with Falcon eyes it just doesn’t seem to be happening enough. It’s not very interesting in the first two episodes – and is sometimes just crazy. You’d expect this to work out naturally as the story progresses and we delve deeper into the series, but it’s not a promising start at all. Saturday Night Live alum and Falcon eyes director Rhys Thomas doesn’t bring anything special – it could be argued that he doesn’t have anything weird or bizarre to work with, like Matt Shakman (WandaVision) or Kate Herron (Loki) did – but I’m waiting to see what Bert and Bertie (Troop Zero) do with Falcon eyes. (The first two episodes are both Thomas.) Usually, the way he works with TV shows is that the pilot director sets the tone for everyone else. However, I am cautious.

The new Marvel series is smart and appropriate in some ways. Hawkeye’s presence in the Avengers has sometimes been mocked. “We have a god, a super soldier, a billionaire flying in an exo suit and a scientist who can turn into a beast. And then we have a guy with a bow and arrow? Lol what ?! “So it’s appropriate that Falcon eyes is a small-scale series at street level. (Although you have to admit, Hawkeye took care of the bigger fish, from Loki and Chitauri to helping to bring down Ultron. He chose the family – again, at the expense of fighting Thanos.) Falcon eyes it also pushes Clint into uncomfortable territory, which makes a good TV. He saved the day a hundred times, but the guidance of the next (privileged) generation seems to be the last thing he would choose.

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Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop Falcon eyes
Photo credit: Chuck Zlotnick / Marvel Studios

But Falcon eyes it is certainly more the hawk and the winter soldier than, say Loki or WandaVision. He struggles to justify why he exists – beyond the fact that it’s really about passing the baton from Clint to Kate. It’s really just a commercial transaction (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and trying to be a healthy family series for the holidays, Falcon eyes it gets to be very safe.

Deep in Falcon eyes episode 2, Kate notices that Hawkeye has no branding. Clint protests that he is not trying to sell anything. “That’s your problem,” says Kate, “you’re too discreet. People want sincerity. ” Clint tries to avoid the Inquisition by jumping back to his reference answer (“I’m not trying to sell anything”), but Kate doesn’t let go. “But it’s you, you sell inspiration,” Kate tells him.

And like the character in the title, Falcon eyes it has the same problem: it lacks branding. Sure, Disney may know how to sell it, but the TV series doesn’t know what it’s about. At least not yet.

Falcon eyes premieres Wednesday, November 24 on Disney + and Disney + Hotstar with two episodes. A new episode will air every Wednesday around 13:30 IST / 12:00 PT until December 22nd.

Updated: March 13, 2022 — 11:49 am

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