Series Review: Wandavision Ep 2 (2021)

Moving into the fifties, we are channeling ‘Bewitched’ with a little hint of The Stepford wives thrown in.  It’s delightful!

Certificate: 12

Director: Matt Shakman

Screenwriter: Jac Schaeffer

Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, MCU

Runtime: 36 mins

Language: English

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

We have inexplicably arrived in the 1950s, with an opening sequence that channels ‘Bewitched’ and a community group that is eerily Stepford like, Wanda and Vision are working hard to fit in to their new lives.  To raise money for the local Elementary School, the community is putting on a Talent show and Wanda and Vision intend to do a magic act, without the use of any real magic of course!  But when some chewing gum gums up vision’s mechanisms, Wanda has to use her powers to get the situation under control, while still maintaining the guise of a magic ‘show.’

We are starting to see some cracks appear in Wanda and Vision’s perfect world.  They are small and only last a handful of seconds, but they are definitely there.  There seems to be an implication that something is being done to her, and that she is, at least on some level, aware of this, but we still know next to nothing about the larger mystery going on.  That weird guy at the end???  What the heck was that all about??  I am loving that this is slowly getting a little creepier and a little more unsettling with each episode.

All last weeks characters are back in 1950s garb, no one questioning why, and this tome we are treated to a great comedic performance from Paul Bettany as Vision tries to stumble his way through his talent show act as a magician.  The whole sequence is just hilarious, I was laughing out loud the whole time.  He was really the star of this episode, with his character having much more to do than Elizabeth Olsen this time around.  But in her scenes, especially where we are starting to see her reality crack a little, she is still totally outstanding.  Emotional performances are always something she is excellent at, and I think as this goes on we are going to see her go from strength to strength. 

One weird little thing that I really love about this show so far is that they change up the opening credits to suit the era, and use them as a homage to great sitcoms of the era, last week it was ‘I Love Lucy’ and this week it is ‘Bewtiched’.  Such a great little touch, and one I will be watching out for for each episode.  Same with the little commercial break they put in about halfway through.  Each one has a little Marvel Universe twist to it, and they just make me chuckle. 

With a week to wait now until the next episode, all I can do is sit and ponder what all the little clues mean that we have been given and wait anxiously for the next instalment.

Episodes 1 and 2 of Wandvision are available to stream on Disney+ now!

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