THE TICK

Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN -

AMA­ZON PRIME VIDEO / OUT NOW EPISODES VIEWED 2 DI­REC­TOR Ben Ed­lund CAST Peter ser­afi­now­icz, Grif­fin New­man, Valo­rie Curry

with His GOOFY blue out­fit and an ir­re­press­ible op­ti­mism that bor­ders on psy­chotic, The Tick is among the most joy­ful su­per­heroes to ever romp across a comic cell. with that in mind, it’s hard to grasp why Ama­zon’s re­boot of the char­ac­ter an­chors his manic an­tics in such a som­bre re­al­ity. Un­like the ’90s an­i­ma­tion (or Pa­trick war­bur­ton’s short-lived 2001 in­car­na­tion), The Tick feels un­nec­es­sar­ily dole­ful, Peter ser­afi­now­icz’s larger-than-life procla­ma­tions forced and in­con­gru­ous against a back­drop of vi­o­lence and ex­plicit men­tal ill­ness. Di­rected by vet­eran DP wally Pfis­ter, this is light on both fun and rel­e­vance, the char­ac­ter’s su­per­hero satire woe­fully tired in 2017.

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