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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.
It's uncommonly tricky material, much of its humor wrapped up in wordplay, many of its characters allegorical sketches. Hulu's Catch-22 tries to address the latter by bumping up the pathos, but that just makes the miniseries less enjoyable to watch.
Catch-22, again, isn't perfect, because Heller's book is far too prickly and paradoxical for an easy interpretation. But it's almost always faithful to what Heller wanted to communicate and-in its finest scenes-transcendent.
The lack of effectively written and delivered humor in "Catch-22" downgrades it from a flawless flight to merely a very good one. The adaptation misses a few of Heller's main targets, but hits enough of the notes to make it a worthy undertaking.
[George] Clooney and company have tried their utmost to navigate the swervy Catch-22. And they fare better than the movie did without fully sticking the landing. Then again, who could? Bronze stars to all.
Abbott brings a disarming vulnerability to his performance as the pragmatically selfish Yossarian, while David Daniel Stewart is a lively standout as the fast-talking mess hall magnate Milo Minderbinder.
Catch-22 isn't quite wild enough to join TV's elite satires or sharp enough to leave a mark as lasting as its source material. But it has its moments, and those moments add up to an entrancing experience.