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A full-beam Julia would have unbalanced this curiously compelling 10-part drama, though it remains precarious and unsettling... Square-hair Julia just adds to the sense that something's not quite right.
This is [Julia Roberts'] first major television role, and I understand why she took it: It allows her to do the two things she does best -- to deploy her killer charm and to bare her teeth against an adversary.
Tense as it all is, it's ambiguous enough to keep you guessing - you'd expect nothing less from Esmail - and it's exceedingly well cast. Having Sissy Spacek in a small role as Heidi's mother ranks pretty high on the luxury scale.
Slow at first, the 10-episode Amazon series finds its groove in later episodes, which explore the kind of provocative themes that make this feel like a Black Mirror installment stretched into miniseries form.
It's all suggestion and unease, layered under the sun-dappled sheen of the outside world, and it makes for a smartly compelling disjunction. This world is not what it seems, and we're here to find out why.
This is a well-executed mystery that avoids a lot of the pitfalls of both mystery shows and science-fiction-tinged shows: it's not overdetermined, it's not overcomplicated, and it's not suddenly upending itself.
The series is based on a podcast fictional series created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, who've helped Esmail refashion their audio-based narrative... into a terrific, tightly strung tale of deceit and memory
These mysteries and more unfold carefully and engagingly under the watch of Esmail and writers Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz. Questions are answered just when they should be and in ways that illuminate the characters rather than undercut them.
It's a pleasure to see Roberts stretch her legs on TV, particularly in her scenes opposite James, where her heart is most evident. The two clearly have a strong chemistry... and they are surrounded by a fine supporting cast.
Homecoming is intriguing as a story, and the self-aware visuals and odd little touches that you'll discover going forward are fun - while at the same time you never lose the sense that something really menacing is about to unfold.