Hawkeye (2021) Episode 4: Partners, Am I Right? – Review

Director: Rhys Thomas

Writers: Jonathan Igla, Tanner Bean, Katrina Mathewson

Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Jeremy Renner, Vera Farmiga

RATING: 4 Stars

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Clint reluctantly agrees to team up with Kate to stop the Tracksuit Mafia. To cheer him up she tries to inject a little Christmas spirit into their day, and just when their partnership seems to be going well, someone is sent to stop them. Which gives Clint reason to reconsider whether he should have involved Kate in the first place.

I absolutely loved the humour in this weeks episode. There was a lot less story progression and action then in the previous episodes, and instead it chose to focus on Kate and Clint’s relationships. Not only with each other but with other people in their lives. And while at times this was incredibly heartfelt and emotional, watching Clint talk about Natasha is always hard, Kate and Clint’s whole Christmas montage was funny, and warming and full of holiday cheer.

I kind of like that we are being fed pieces of this puzzle very slowly, so we think we know whats going on, but nothing big or important is being given away yet, meaning all the big stuff will probably be saved for the finale, and that will be great.

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This episode sees maybe one of Jeremy Renner’s best performances as Clint Barton. He is clearly struggling with a lot of things, and this week we begin to see how much everything over the last ten years has weighed on him. We see more development of his character in this episode than in most of the other MCU projects he has been in put together.

This is a relatively slow episode compared to others as I have already mentioned, all the fast paced action happens right towards the end. And it is a really great action sequence with just enough humour and Easter eggs to keep it interesting. And that reveal at the end was pretty cool, I knew it was coming, but it still made me rally happy when it finally happened. Excited to see where it goes in the last two episodes.

Hawkeye Episodes 1-4 are streaming now on Disney Plus

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