It’s been almost two full weeks since I watched Homecoming, and I can’t believe I’ve been able to keep my mouth shut about it for this long.
You. Must. Watch. This. Show.
Just trust me on this one.
If you want to have anything to do with film or TV in your life ever, then you owe it to yourself to watch it.
Besides being a taut, tense, mystery thriller, it’s basically a masterclass in directing, editing, cinematography, sound design, and acting, all rolled in to one.
There are only ten 30 minute episodes, and I watched them all in just two sittings. The show is fast paced and addictive, so plan on blocking out some time for a good binge watching session.
The show is directed by Sam Esmail (the creator and director of Mr. Robot), who in my ever so humble opinion, is one of the most creative directors working today. If you’re a fan of Mr. Robot, you’ll notice a lot of similarities in the disjointed storytelling style, disorienting editing, and deviceful cinematography.
It’s starring Julia Roberts in her first regular TV series appearance ever, and she absolutely shines. Amazingly, she is matched on screen by newcomer Stephan James. The chemistry between the two characters is truly impressive.
And all of the supporting roles are masterfully played by the likes of Bobby Cannavale, Sissy Spacek, Dermot Mulroney, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hong Chau, and Shea Whigham. Each one is spot on in their beautifully layered performances.
Film School Rejects recently wrote a very good review/analysis of the series that you can read here, but I actually recommend going in blind if at all possible.
Part of what draws you in is the mystery of trying to find out what the hell the mystery is–you can sense that there’s something happening, but Esmail only gives you bits and pieces at a time.
So stop reading this email and go watch Homecoming on Amazon Prime right now. If you don’t already have Prime, you can get a free 30 day trial (but really, you should just get Amazon Prime anyway).
Watch the show here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07FNWYY2L
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