Just finished the Pilot and Barry Jenkins is one of the few filmmakers who leave me speechless with their brilliance every time. I know a lot of people are gonna write this off as " trauma porn" based on the first episode but as someone whose watched If Beale Street Could Talk and Moonlight, I know and trust that he will bring a sensitivity to the subject matter while also showing the joy and beauty of what it is to be Black.
There's some well shot action sequences in this like the long take car chase. Overall, I thought this movie was a drag and hard to follow in certain places. If this was supposed to be the start of Eon's female James Bond franchise, I don't know how they thought this would have any massive franchise potential compared to Daniel Craig's Bond or any other similar franchise. And Blake Lively's casting as a British woman is odd. But she manages to handle the action sequences well.
Also, a great lesson from this is to never underestimate a old man with an oxygen tank.
As an autistic I feel like this is something everyone should watch to see how personality test can be used to uphold ableism and other types of bigotry to bar marginalized people from opportunities. However, I did like how it didn't judge individuals who use them solely as a way to find community and self understanding instead of a way to harm others. For example, there's nothing wrong with believing in astrology but if we used it to determine who gets jobs or basic human rights that would obviously be fucked up.
I wish Karli and The Flag Smashers got better character development and that we got to sit with certain moments in the finale more. But overall I really enjoyed this series especially in the second half as they brought back the espionage thriller tone of Captain America: The Winter Soldier that I'd been waiting for. Even though they didn't always handle it perfectly, I also like how they tried to discuss current issues and racism in America as well. In short, it was a choppy, but fun ride.