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Okey, I swear I am not always aiming for mainstream vehicles but this looked fun. It’s going to depend a bit on you liking awkward comedy. On that note, I did say comedy and not action. Action is implied, it delivered, I am not knocking it down for that. It’s the dialog, the witty banter and the chemistry which really are its selling points. They’re mostly supplied by one character for the most part so if you’re not into her this might not be your cup of tea to begin with. I did enjoy it.
Hawkeye (2021) is a Disney+ miniseries created by Jonathan Igla. Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) is getting ready for Christmas along with his family. Unbeknownst to him, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) has trained herself in archery and martial arts all her life after experiencing the alien attack in New York City when she was a kid and saw Hawkeye in action. Now she has witnessed an ilegal auction where a costume once donned by a vigilante named the Ronin was up for grabs. After a group of hoodlums known as the Tracksuit Mafia show up to steal items from the auction, Kate discovers a conspiracy that involves Jack Duquesne (Tony Dalton), a man recently engaged to her mother Eleanor Bishop (Vera Farmiga), head of Bishop Security. Kate dons the Ronin suit to stop the assailants but ends up being targeted by them as well as attracting Clint’s attention.
Now, I don’t mind Marvel movies. They’re in a class of their own. TV Shows are similar, with the action being more entertaining than suspenseful and the actual meat and potatoes coming in through the comedic banter of its characters. Hailee Steinfeld gives it her all as Kate, who becomes the real driving force behind this movie. Renner is decent, but a little too stiff sometimes or perhaps that’s what he was going for. That being said, it’s hard to say whom Steinfeld has more of a rapport with, given she seems to work well with everyone. My favorite of her interactions happens in a certain elevator scene with another character that appears late in the storyline. I won’t spoil who that is, albeit you probably will hear about it if you haven’t yet, but I want to vouch for comedy gold if those characters work together again.
Highly recommended for action comedy enthusiasts, marvel fans and audiences in general. Yes, it’s full of some staples that are becoming tropes of all Marvel features, but it works. Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop is the driving force behind this miniseries and easily eclipses the more stoic performance by Renner. He’s the grown-up seasoned veteran, she’s the idealistic rookie with her head in the clouds. Worth a watch followed with some repeated viewing.
That will do for now.