The Homecoming Review

From the celebrated makers of USA’s Mr. Robot, a series that explored the visual potential of American television series,  we get Homecoming. It is a psychological thriller web television series based on the podcast of the same name. Homecoming aired the first four episodes of its magnificent 10 episode order first season at Toronto Film Festival on Friday. The airing instantly stirred more acclaim for Amazon’s emerging Prime Video Brand that has already created a lot of hype for the merchandise.

Keeping the visuals aside, the show in practice offers a lot more than what it teased. The feigned diverse characteristics, that made it seem like it was poorly organized, now combine to develop agonizing slices of a genuinely spooky play. Even when it gets a little too awestruck by its own stylistic deception, it is difficult not to get lured in by “Homecoming’s” poignant mission fright.

The show is in the contemporary year of 2018. The story will often trek in time to near future of 2022. The multiple timelines have been incorporated into the anecdote to tail what went wrong at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center in Florida.

Amazing Cast

The show stars Julia Roberts in her first lead role on TV. Robert turns in an elegantly pure performance, as if she is free from all rookiness on TV. Roberts’ Heidi posses a natural curiosity that permeate an inherent warmth into her character. Even in the most Delphic circumstances, Heidi is distinctly secure. And, this skill exclusive to Robert, was probably the reason the creators chose her for the role.

The rest of the cast delivers do good justice to their roles. Stephan James was an apt choice for Walter. James’ Walter convinces us on the smoothness of the flow. He is determined, like any other military personnel, a sense that comes to Walter naturally. James hasn’t been typecast. In fact his earlier roles were a great deviation from his present performance, which is indeed shocking. Jeremy Allen White’s Schrier’s apprehensions too, do not hamper the actor from delivering a fine show. They didn’t write the characters of Dermot Mulroney and Sissy Spacek’s well. Yet they fashion out creative sparks for their parts themselves.

The cast includes Julia Roberts, Bobby Cannavale, Stephan James, Alex Karpovsky, Sissy Spacek, Dermot Mulroney, Shea Whigham, Jeremy Allen White, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Frankie Shaw; while Sam Esmail, Micah Blumberg, Eli Horowitz, Julia Roberts, Alex Blumberg, Chris Giliberti, Matt Lieber, Lisa Gillan, Marisa Yeres Gill are the shows’ executive producers.

Visual Excellence

Homecoming is ideally a visual treat. Shimmering as a thriller, it safely plays on reminiscence, the martial industrialized compound, ploys and plots, and unrestrained administrative freedom. The work is no doubt a passion project. Though tangents away from Mr. Robot, Homecoming too is just as enthralling and intriguing as the former. Sam Esmail truly deserves a standing ovation for his work here.

The series follows as a doubtful Department of Defense employee (Shea Whigham) digs into the past; he confronts Heidi, who’s now employed as a waitress at a diner. She; however, has nothing to tell, except for a great sense of denial.

The podcast needed a strong visual presentation to come to life. And, Esmail has resorted to every possible technique to dawn functionality into the podcast. These include long takes, off-center framing shots, disquieting effect, Hitchcockian angles, and close-ups. Esmail and his team, who have also served the making of Mr. Robot are true creative geniuses.

While the first 4 episodes showcased at TTIF on September 7th 2018, the show will debut on Amazon Prime on 2nd November 2018.

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  • Karen

    I thought the pod cast was so much better – I enjoyed the humor that David schwimmer’s character added. I feel like Julia Roberts is too old for her part (and looks way too skinny!!!). Very disappointed