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Catch-22: Miniseries Reviews

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May 22, 2019
While it jumps around too much (Comedy/Drama), the series has a lot of strengths including the dialogue and scenes between Clooney, Chandler and Abbott. The ending to Episode 3 is insane.
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½ May 22, 2019
Abbott sweats just as the creator does and we do, it is good, but you can see the extra effort being applied.

Catch-22

Luke Davies and David Michod distributes caution flyers before their play starts up. It has a catch. They have tried to walk that fine line between comedy and drama, it may serve the purpose but it may not be served up front. You, as an audience, are asked to compromise, to let go off plenty of things before you join in on their camp and work hard and earn your price. Joseph Heller's adaptation of this novel has had better versions. It certainly is more engaging and crowded but it also takes up a notch, for the shocks and thrills; unfortunately it doesn't bode well especially when it goes dark.

Out of many, many elements spread around the six chapters, the "missions remaining" countdown on the screen is the best and the most successful one. The annoyance of our lead character, Christopher Abbott communicates with us and the anger shared. On terms of humor, Hugh Laurie as an utterly confident Major gets a huge chunk of it along with his co-star and dear friend George Clooney sharing the laughs with a stereotypical commands-gone-wrong gags. There is a certain amount of light in your eyes visible as soon as they appear on screen.

Abbott as the frustrated and often flawed protagonist ultimately- after a long tiring and effortful battle with us- gets the empathy from us. With undergone loads of jarring information about the day to day politics of this camp, Abbott learns to be shameless like them, in the end, literally! Often the series tends to stretch, just for one joke or one punch which can be a test of patience for the viewers to sit through it. The term Catch-22, just like it is defined in the series, is confined in its self-created loop and no one, no one has the guts to break that wheel.
May 22, 2019
Fans of Heller's book should give this a wide berth. Given the scope of six 45 min episodes (a luxury Mike Nichols didn't have with his brave effort in an earlier movie) this is a painfully wasted opportunity. Whole core elements of the book have hit the cutting room floor with a dull thud and/or have been mutilated beyond recognition. Add unimaginative casting and plodding direction and the disappointment is complete.
May 22, 2019
One of the best shows about absurd of war, close to book.
½ May 21, 2019
Not one I will recommend. Too long and drawn out....may have made a good movie, but not long miniseries. I did enjoy the music, sang along to many of the old tunes.
½ May 21, 2019
It isn't quite as good as the novel, but Clooney's series hits the high points and delivers a satisfying rendering.
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