George Clark’s review published on Letterboxd:
Marvel's first Disney+ show, WandaVision, directed by Matt Shakman and starring Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn, Teyonah Parris, Randall Park, Josh Stamberg, Evan Peters, and Kat Dennings, has been something I've been dying to talk about ever since its debut on the 15th of January. What a brilliant start to Marvel's slate of shows, creating something that had me eagerly anticipating every episode each week while keeping fans talking, theorizing, and rewatching time and time again.
WandaVision blends the style of a classic sitcom with the MCU, in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision live their ideal suburban lives until they begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. I've seen WandaVision a frankly astonishing number of times now, replaying episodes again and again in order to throw me back into the world and, with the exception of the last episode that I've only seen twice, I think it's fair to say I absolutely adore this show, every minute of it gave me something new, something interesting and emotional, it truly worked for me. It’s not a world-destroying behemoth, it’s a quiet suburban sitcom that subtle changes into something far more sinister and I loved that.
“But what is grief, if not love persevering?”
Over the last two months, the 9 episodes we’ve received have been incredible to watch. Despite the disappointment of a few later episodes (mainly 6 and 7 that I still liked but didn’t impress me as much as 5), WandaVision never lost any sense of awe and amazement, leaving me with a grin on my face throughout the various comedic sketches, heart-warming and heart-breaking moments and various sequences taken directly from the comics. The characters introduced such as Hayward and Monica were brilliant and although WandaVision may not be jumping through the MCU timeline-like Loki will be, as the episodes progress, director Matt Shakman developed the subtle mystery perfectly, creating a modern-day classic sitcom that worked incredibly well within, allowing for the characters to develop into some of the best we’ve seen.
Of course, many people will be disappointed with how things ended and the drastic shift after episode 3, the revelation of Pietro wasn’t the best, and some of the action in the finale was unfortunately messy, but the show packed such an emotional punch that the finale left me with tears in my eyes listening to Wanda and Vision’s monologues to themselves and their kids. That emotional factor can’t be overlooked as the way it played out was great, showcasing just how much little moments in the first few episodes such as Vision singing a rendition of The Coasters’ “Yakety Yak” or Wanda finally getting the life she wanted, actually meant to them as a family and to the viewers watching on.
WandaVision was a big hit for me. Each new episode, character, and storyline amazed me, and the additions of Jimmy Woo (played by Randall Park) and Darcey Lewis (played by Kat Dennings) worked better than anyone could have imagined. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany are phenomenal throughout, their acting elevates every little scene with Bettany giving arguably his best performance to date and Olsen absolutely breaking me by the end with her beautiful costume and emotional lines. It’s a show that goes out with a bang, setting up storylines for future MCU projects while rounding out the West View chapter perfectly. Kathryn Hahn’s Agnus was a fantastic villain and the shock of white Vision (taken straight from the comics!) was magnificent. It’s a show I’ve had on repeat for nearly two months now and despite its shortcomings, I truly loved nearly everything about WandaVision from the acting and storyline to the music, score, and anticipation it held throughout. Father Vision and Mother Wanda alongside Tommy and Billy was adorable. I can’t wait for the next chapter in their story as this is Marvel trying new things…Marvel at its best!
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