/Wandavision Review | The Black Mirror meets the Marvel universe

Wandavision Review | The Black Mirror meets the Marvel universe

“She’s a magic gal in a small town locale, she’s a part machiiineee.

“Westview-oh, how this pair would fit into this love sharing … like you’ve never seen.

“Wandavision!”

Of course, the Avengers: Endgame was great … but does it have its own theme melody? I don’t think so.

But then, Vandavision is a very different kind of release from Marvel studios. When Robert Downey Jr. switched to first place in his CGI robot suite in 2007, it was hard to imagine the same creative endeavor creating this unusual hybrid of CGI slugfests from the classic US sitcoms, the Tobelite Zone and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Vandavision is weird and great, very attractive and interesting to watch. Marvel Studios has probably done the weirdest thing about it, which is more like the Black Mirror than the Black Panther, but it stands as the true love letter of an era of TV.

Like I said … it’s different. Even at the beginning, it seems incredibly familiar.

As you can see, the series doesn’t just like the style of the old comedy shows. Vandavision is a half-hour sitcom, a full-time short Arcus (a local dinner party! Fascinating the local Biggiez! A talent show!) And acclaimed comedians (especially Katherine Han as “Nosy Neighbor” Agnes and Buffy’s Emma Culfield as local). B.

But it’s something darker and more mysterious, it hints at a wider mystery as it plays and divides with form. Why is Wanda and Vision really on Westview? Who is trying to reach them from outside? And who is responsible for the strange classic TV world they are discovering?

“Wanda … Wanda who’s doing this to you?” A voice repeatedly asks on the radio.

The show keeps us guessing. Initially, we join Wanda and Vision in Bland-White for an episode inspired by the 1950s (each episode apparently spans a decade), with a live studio audience and a decidedly low-partner plot where Vanda and Vision interestingly blend in with the neighbors. Trying to hide their special abilities while doing.

Paul Betany is Vision and Elizabeth Olsen is Marvel Studios’ Wandavision, Wanda Maximoff, exclusively at Disney +.

“You move forward at the speed of sound and I can float a pen through the air. In short, who needs it? “Wanda quips at one point, leading to chaos after a calendar note.

Towards the end of the first episode we begin to realize that something very wrong has happened with the pair’s dinner guests starting to behave bizarrely – and this theme is revisited in the second episode (published on Disney + on the same day as the first episode) when the color starts to bleed into the frame And mysterious outside forces make them familiar.

To say more could be meant as a spoiler – what I’ve mentioned so far has already appeared in trailers, so don’t write – but it’s nice to say that it’s a series that fans will theoretically search for and explore Westworld. Or clues like a lost start season.

And the series is happy to give these hints, especially in a series of somewhat naughty commercials spanning the remarkably wide Marvel universe (and which Marvel Studios boss Kevin Fagg described as “other truths of the show begin to leak”), but in the original story, the trend continues. Just growing up with the idea of ​​“something very wrong here”

Elizabeth Olsen is Wanda Maximoff and Paul Betany at Marvel Studios’ Vandvision, exclusively on Disney + Vision.

Silently, these moments are paired with a lot of high-powered Madcap sitcom fun, like an unusual but satisfying push and melody – code-switching, but changing genres instead of language, sometimes you can get lost in sitcom storylines. Which is presented with relative importance – these seem to be really happening and encourage some irrational smiles – just throw away with an uncertain look on an actor’s face, or a shift in visual or audio format.

At times, Vandavision is reminiscent of the 2011 Oscar Best Picture winner, The Artist, who incorporated audio elements to create a silent film environment for a silent film audience. Your brain subconsciously thinks it is seeing a thing, just to remind you that it is actually seeing something different.

At other times, it’s reminiscent of playing with meta uncertainty and the form seen in the 2019 Black Mirror special Banderson, which told an adventure story of your own choice that revolves around dark corners. While not as interactive as Vandavision, it does move similarly against its structure, reminding fans that the higher world they are seeing necessarily makes them feel like it doesn’t rule them out.

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Betani as Vision in Disney + exclusively in Marvel Studios’ Wandvision. Courtesy of Marvel Studios. Vel Marvel Studio 2020. All rights reserved.

What makes it work so well is that it relies heavily on the central performance of the actors, who have to strike a balance between creeping and mystery with the prototyping of high-power comics, and they manage it successfully. Although Paul Betany is probably not the most talented comedian, he is very playful as a frustrated and growing British sitcom version of Vision (he commented at one point, “Elizabeth Olsen is both a winner and unsettling as this ever-little off-kilter wonder.”

When the “real” vision or Wanda breaks, it doesn’t feel like a different version of their characters – you wake up a little bit from a dream that you can’t really fly, or that it’s not the weekend that any more, before you fall asleep. . Even in the sitcom world they must be themselves – they have simply forgotten that the context in which they are should be different.

All of this comes at the top of the third episode (released Friday, January 22), which ends with nothing but deadly excitement, powerful sequences that can change everything you know about this series and leave fans frustrated to see what comes next. . I certainly was.

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Betany (Disney +) with twin children on Wandavision

Overall, Vandavision is a uniquely acceptable subject for taking quite a while to get used to the Marvel characters – I risk the fact that Disney decided to reassure fans with two episodes together that this mystery survives and it’s not all controlled sitcom Pastech – but good for investment.

It’s compelling, gripping, fun and innovative television – and if nothing else, it’s almost like a stick to see what new themes they come up with every week.

Sing it now: “One Plus One … It’s Family Yay Vandavision!”

Vandavision launches on Disney + on Friday 15th January with two episodes. Want something else to see? Watch our full TV guide.