George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22′ Hulu miniseries has a trailer: love it or hate it?

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George Clooney is a mediocre director. He’s not the worst, not the best, he’s just there. I still say that he got so much good press around Good Night and Good Luck because A) it was in black & white and was seen as a “fancy” and B) because David Strathairn’s performance really was that good, so people remember the film as great. Everything Clooney has directed since then has been pretty mediocre. I’d also like to point out that we’ve gotten to the moment where it’s kind of inappropriate for people to keep hiring George Clooney to make endless movies/miniseries about white bros and their adventures.

Anyway, George was away last year in Italy. He directed Catch-22 somewhere close to his home in Como. He did not give himself the lead role – it went to Christopher Abbott, who plays Yossarian. This is actually a six-part miniseries, which I’m just learning now, and George directed the first two episodes, and he executive produced the series for Hulu. And he cast himself in a supporting role. The cast also includes Hugh Laurie, Kyle Chandler, and various other white dudes. Maybe I’m feeling blah about this because I never really got into Joseph Heller’s famous novel – if you’re looking for a good, absurdist, anti-war WWII book about and from the same era, go with Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five every time. Anyway, here’s the trailer for Catch-22:

When Clooney is doing absurdist, he always does it the same way. I mean… it’s his thing. This is his first time in front of the camera since 2016’s Hail Caesar, and his first time behind the camera since the 2017 bomb Suburbicon. Do people want this? I guess so.

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23 Responses to “George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22′ Hulu miniseries has a trailer: love it or hate it?”

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  1. Emmet says:

    He has never won an Oscar for directing, only supporting actor.

    This has been a sore subject for him.

  2. Muffy says:

    I’d watch this. Catch-22 is one of my favorite books.

  3. feralchild says:

    Catch-22 is my jam and this is not my Yossarian

    I saw no Major Major Major either

    Col Cathcart is F A T in the book and as much as I love Kyle Chandler, he did not puff up for the role, unless he’s supposed to play Capt Black? which would be perfect for him

    I mean, of course, I’m watching not for Clooney just because I love Catch-22, it’s the best there is

  4. Megan says:

    Is George in brownface?

  5. Dhavynia says:

    I feel guilty commenting that I enjoy him on screen…

    • Becks1 says:

      Nah, I like him too. I still find him absurdly attractive after all these years, and I think he’s a decent actor. I don’t think he’s the best, but I think he’s gotten good at picking roles that he can work with and handle, and doesn’t try to overreach anymore, lol. I really liked him in Hail Caesar.

  6. Allison says:

    This looks good. I love the book.

  7. Diaane says:

    LOVED the book. LOVED the original movie. This looks good but it’s hard to improve on the book and original movie.

  8. Nina says:

    One of my favourite books, I’ll watch this even though I’m no fan on Clooney’s films

  9. BANANIE says:

    It’s possible to love both Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse 5! I have a hard time comparing them due to the difference in style.

  10. manta says:

    It may not have smashed any box-office record but The Ides of March was far from mediocre, and rather well received by critics at the time, if I remember correctly.
    And prior to Good Night, his first try behind the camera, Confessions of a dangerous mind was very enjoyable.
    I have certainly enjoyed these 3, Leatherheads too( I seem to be alone in the universe).
    I haven’t watched the other ones, so no opinion about those , I just know they bombed. But so far his track as a director is on the plus side for me.
    And if enough people feel the same, that may be the reason why not everybody sees him as mediocre.

    • Dhavynia says:

      I agree
      Out of Sight …not the greatest movie but great chemistry with JLo. Guilty pleasure

    • lucy2 says:

      I think he’s ok as a director – nothing spectacular, but not horrible. I did enjoy Monuments Men, but mostly because I’d read the book about it and find the subject very interesting.

      Of his films, only GN&GL was profitable though, so it’s interesting that he keeps getting opportunities to direct. Unless maybe he’s self financing?

      As an actor, he’s great in certain roles, not so much in others.

  11. ClaireB says:

    That’s some catch.

  12. LolaB says:

    I could not get through this book.

  13. SuperStef says:

    Catch 22 is one of my favourite books, loved the movie too. I’d watch this.

  14. anony7 says:

    Wow, didn’t recognize him, especially in the third pic (the picture after the video). Almost reminds me of Welsh actor Stanley Baker. He looks very thin and he now looks his age, or older. Yes, I know I am being superficial.