There has been serious hype surrounding the 2019 screen adaptation of Catch-22 ever since it was announced that George Clooney would be directing, producing and starring in the 6-part series.
The sneak peek trailer, released in February, accelerated the hype. It all but confirmed that the adaptation would stay true to the quirks found in Joseph Heller‘s 1961 novel.
Catch-22 revolves around protagonist Yossarian in the brutality of WW2. His plight to avoid missions exposes a certain conundrum – the request to be removed from duty is a sign of a rational mind, but a rational mind would make him ineligible to be discharged. Instead, he must feign insanity to a degree in order to avoid flying missions. Hence the term catch-22.
Catch-22 drops on Stan this May 18. It features a stellar cast alongside Clooney, such as Christopher Abbott (Girls, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, The Wolf of Wall Street) and Hugh Laurie (House, Veep).
The miniseries is beautifully strange, and we say that in the most complimentary way. It features punchy dialogue, witty humour and idiosyncratic oddities that will please Heller-readers. Once you add a vintage colour palette and an almost-campy aesthetic reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film, it truly becomes a cinematic experience.
Catch the 6-part limited series when it premieres May 18 on Stan.
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