‘Hawkeye’ Review: Holiday Cheer Wrapped In A Bow (NO SPOILERS)

'Twas the night before Hawkeye, and all through New York
Decisions for Clint Barton, in the road, there is a fork
He wants Christmas with his kids, and spending time in the snow
Too bad for Clint, the Tracksuit Mafia has other plans, bro

Track suits and trick arrow, New York snow and New York smog
An unlikely hero emerges, Lucky the Pizza Dog
Saving the day, following Clint and Kate
So Clint can return to his family, before an important date
A hilarious New York festivus, like an episode of Seinfeld

Without a doubt the main highlight, is Ms. Hailee Steinfeld
I'm two episodes in, and I can't wait to discuss
Check out Hawkeye November 24th, exclusively on Disney Plus
(L-R) Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye. © Marvel Studios 2021.

The first two episodes of Hawkeye bring a fun street level conflict we haven’t seen since yet in the MCU. While a show like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier explored street-level action, the stakes of toppling world governments are obviously greater than trying to make it home in time for Christmas. The levity of the stakes and Christmas spirit provide a fun change of pace to Hawkeye in comparison to other MCU projects.

While some people will argue that Iron Man 3 is a Christmas movie (it’s me, I’m some people), Hawkeye brings a level of holiday cheer we haven’t yet seen. The classic Christmas in New York aesthetic was warm and welcoming despite the cold weather. With Hailee Steinfeld’s unbelievable charm as Kate Bishop, Lucky the Pizza dog and enough Christmas spirit, this show provides something for all fans, even those not fully caught up with the MCU.

Characters

The banter between Hawkeye squared is as witty as expected, piggy backing off the dynamic Clint had with Wanda in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and beyond. While the show is an ode the an MCU legend in Clint Barton, it’s without a doubt Kate Bishop that steals the show. The chemistry is similar to that of our Black Widows, Natasha and Yelena. Natasha and Clint get their shine, and the new characters becomes fan favorites.

(L-R) Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) and Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) in Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye. ©Marvel Studios 2021.
2-Episode Premiere

It was definitely a smart decision to release two episodes at once, as similarly to WandaVision, the first episode is enjoyable but doesn’t quite hook the audience. With the two episode format however, they were able to give us the necessary back story, introduce Kate wonderfully (the opening scene everyone talks about lives up to the hype) as well as commence the plot, leaving us with an exciting finale to the second episode.

Action

The fight scenes don’t quite compare to what we have seen recently in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier or Black Widow, however they also don’t seem to be the focus through two episodes. This is not meant to be overly negative, as Phase 4 projects have raised the action bar to a new level in the MCU. Although the action isn’t overly clean, seeing Kate and Clint go toe-toe-toe with the Tracksuit Mafia is still a great viewing experience, bro.

Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) in Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye. ©Marvel Studios 2021.
Overview

Overall, the show’s quality through two episodes was right in line with the other MCU Disney Plus shows with the potential to be the best one yet. Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop is going to be a staple on our screens for years to come, and we couldn’t be Lucky-er.

Note From Author

I’ll be honest, getting my very first press screening from Disney in my email was a wildly exciting experience. Seeing the Hawkeye link a few days early made me feel incredibly immersed in this industry, and truly grateful for to everyone along the way who has helped me. I’m so grateful for the people at FandomWire, Cinema Reviewed and especially everyone who reads my work.

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Overall Rating: 8/10

NOTICE: THIS REVIEW WAS WRITTEN BY GUEST TJ ZWARYCH, ALL CREDITS SHOULD GO TO HIM. THIS REVIEW IS ALSO SPOILER-FREE.

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