Stevie’s review published on Letterboxd:
Really creative and ambitious for a product that came out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I was really looking forward to this one for multiple reasons which I’ll get to, but I will say that it didn’t hit the mark quite up to my expectations. If I were to give it a numerical rating, I would say...I don’t know, somewhere around the 70 mark? But first, the reasons I was excited for WandaVision...well, the big reason is that I love the two title characters a lot. Not just because I think the actors are both really fucking cute in general, but because they’re definitely the characters I would want to see fleshed out more in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s one of the only reasons why I’m actually excited for Doctor Strange 2, because though I hate the first one the sequel seems like it has the potential to resonate with me. And I just liked the idea of the series. I loved the thought of seeing them recreate old sitcoms while being a genuinely really good examination of how people deal with trauma. And as it is...you know, WandaVision was good. The sitcom setting was a solid framing device for the first few episodes, and I really liked the moments where the mystery elements would seep into the sitcom centered elements. It becomes a fairly different show later on and the reasoning for the sitcom style was kinda ham fisted and a little weak, but as is I liked it.
The FBI storylines are by far my least favorite parts of the series, which is why the first episode completely centered around the agents is by far my least favorite. (And also because it’s pretty exposition heavy, but Jimmy Woo is another character I was excited to see so I’m sorta split down the middle.) If you were to ask me for my favorite episode...God, I don’t know, the rest of them are pretty solid. I guess the penultimate one, which really dives deep into ulterior motives and why Wanda is the way she now is. Like I said, not all of the payoffs in the episode work but I really, really liked it altogether. And the final episode, which I just watched, was really good too. The climax is really resonant and serves as a great ending to the miniseries, although I’m almost positive people who were putting together theories will be horribly disappointed. One other specific moment I liked was how one of the middle episodes showed what really happened when Thanos’ actions were reversed in Avengers: Endgame. Monica’s resulting realizations about what’s happened in the last five years are a really great idea in theory and it hits the nail on the head in practice. I also really like the moments that depict the Salem witch trials! Not only do I always appreciate historical fiction, but the way this event provides a connection between Wanda and the central antagonist is really clever. In terms of how it talks about grief and trauma...look, WandaVision has its fair share of moments in that department, but I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t one of the aspects that fell kinda flat. It all ties together in a nice way (those final scenes that depict her with her family resonate so, so much) but I do wish it could have been more fleshed out over the course of the nine episodes. I guess that’s the issue with making the series even this short. Not that I wanted it to go on forever, and it reaches a nice conclusion at the right time, but it’s really difficult to convey all you need to convey, especially in the span of WandaVision, in just six hours total. Points for trying though. I’m not much of a television person, but this was pretty good. Expect my full thoughts on the other Marvel miniseries after they conclude.