Hawkeye‘s second episode is extremely dark, action-packed, and I love it. I’m doing a new format for my reviews, more of a bullet-point format. Overall, the second episode is great, it’s entertaining, and it’s still arguably the best MCU Disney+ series yet. There’s a strengths/weaknesses section, questions/comments/notes section, and then finally my rankings.

(L-R) Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) in Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye. ©Marvel Studios 2021.
Strengths
  • I loved the fencing scene between Jack and Kate. It really showed just how complicated Kate has become, and the lengths she is willing to go to, to unveil this conspiracy.
  • The cinematography on this episode is again, wonderful. The VFX is also flawless, some things I couldn’t even realize were VFX, until I thought about it later.
  • The score is again, so great. Christophe Beck kills it, and the credit music is currently on repeat for me.
  • Costumes are excellent, better than the first episode. Can’t wait to see their final costumes.
Weaknesses
  • I felt the opening and LARPing scene could have used work, honestly they bored me. I wish it could’ve been a bit darker. I guess I’ve just gotten so used to dark themes in MCU TV series like WandaVision, Loki, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, I wasn’t prepared for this light-hearted nature.
  • The marketing was, again, poor. This episode was wonderful, but wasn’t able to reach a lot of people because of how bad the marketing was. This needs to be a learning lesson for Marvel Studios.
(L-R) Jack Duquesne (Tony Dalton) and Eleanor Bishop (Vera Farmiga) in Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye. ©Marvel Studios 2021.
Questions
  • Could Maya Lopez be controlling the Tracksuit Mafia for Kingpin?
  • Why does the Tracksuit Mafia want Hawkeye?
  • Who really is Jack Duquesne? Swordsman, maybe?
  • Did Jack kill Armand III?
  • What connections does Eleanor Bishop have with the criminal underworld?
  • When does Yelena come into the story?
Comments/Notes
  • Loving Tony Dalton as Jack, cannot wait to see more of him.
  • Rhys Thomas’ directing style is incredibly unique, and I find myself loving everything he does to infinity. I honestly am shell-shocked, and want the finale (which is the final episode of the season that he directs) right now.
  • The costumes were quite good, I feel. Kate Bishop’s costume reflects who she is, purple for open and caring, but the black sections for mysterious and dangerous.
  • The acting is great. In the minute or so of screen time she has, Alaqua Cox blew me away in her performance. Can’t wait to see her again in Episode 3.
Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye. ©Marvel Studios 2021.
Rankings
  • Directing: 10
  • Writing: 7
  • Acting: 10
  • Cinematography: 10
  • Score: 9
  • VFX: 10
  • Editing: 10
  • Costume Design: 9
  • Production Design: 10
  • Marketing: 7
  • Overall: 9.2

What did you think of this first episode of Hawkeye? Let us know by mentioning @ReviewedCinema on Twitter. The first three episodes of Hawkeye are now available on Disney+, and the fourth episode will release on December 8.

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