Even though Jeremy Renner’s bow and arrow superhero is a bit low-energy, Steinfeld is on the right track in this Christmassy Disney+ series worth investing in
It must be a Wednesday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Tuesday if it isn’t. It’s the turn of Hawkeye, the eponymous Hawkeye. The new miniseries follows closely on the heels the genre-bending WandaVisionand the loopy Loki. It is quieter and more manageable.
After the years of celluloid shenanigans, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), hopes for a quieter life. He is visiting New York with his children, giving them festive cheer and promising to return to them in six days. Alas! Alas! She asks her mother to get her a bow and an arrow. By the time she meets us in the present, she is also a pro at arrow shooting (and is proficient in all forms of martial arts, which are fearless and completely proto-superheroic). She is just missing the suit, and that problem will soon be solved.
Kate follows Jack Duquesne, her mother’s creepy new fiancee (Tony Dalton), to a charity auction in a wine cellar-like warren. The cellar is attacked just as soon as a suit belonging to an Avenger in his Ronin Phase has been put up for sale. “For reasons that I am not clear to me,” Kate grabs the suit and plunges into melee to save Jack (a cameo appearance from Simon Callow who appears to have popped in to enjoy the moustachio-twirling of his life before he heads off for lunch) from the marauding hoard.
However, outside, Kate’s suit attracts Ronin and Hawkeye must rescue her. In the second episode, Hawkeye is constantly imploring people not to call him “Clint” to the detriment any UK viewer who wants to take proceedings seriously but for whom the name has become unbreakably associated with Petula “Where’s my Clint?” Gordino’s inamorato at Dinnerladies. He finds the suit and establishes a relationship with his archer counterpart.
Mentoring and uncovering a criminal plot are two of the many activities that take place. The episodes are not too fast, nor too ingenious, but they’re still entertaining enough to keep you coming back for more. We still have Florence Pugh’s Yelena belova and Alaqua cox’s Maya Lopez/superhero Echo arrivals to look forward too. Renner and Steinfeld have a great chemistry. Renner is the uncharismatic second fiddle of the big screen. It has been a career. His low-energy presence and the translation to small screen suit him well. He is kidnapped and kept by goons in a abandoned children’s play area. His captors have converted them all into apartments. He explains it as if he were talking to furniture, in a tense atmosphere that is completely unbelievable.
Steinfeld is the dominant star. Steinfeld sells Kate’s frustrated teenage aspects – constantly pushing at her mentor’s limits – as well as scenes as a powerless and horrified bystander to Jack’s (an underused Vera Farmiga). The plot is not up to par – the first two episodes are erratic and riddled with holes, leaving you trusting and hoping that backfill will soon begin – but the characters are real and well worth the emotional investment. We aren’t in Wanda and Vision territory, but at least MCUsual.
Although Hawkeye is not a powerful bullseye, it does the job well enough.
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