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Review of "Catch 22" 5/20/19 by Suzanne
airs on HULU

I never read the book from which this show is derived. I may have seen the movie, but if I did, it was a long time ago. Many people love this book. I can't tell you whether they did a great job adapting it or not. I'm sure you've heard the phrase "Catch 22." This is where it's from.

The miniseries is very good. I'm sure you've seen a million movies that tell you how "war is hell," but this one really brings home not only the hell of war, but of military bureaucracy and the toll it takes on the soldiers.  The cast is outstanding.

Christopher Abbott stars as John Yossarian, a bombadier in WWII who desperately wants to go home, but the military keeps changing the rules about how many missions he has to fly before he can go home. Kyle Chandler plays Colonel Cathcart, the bane of Yossarian's existence.  George Clooney and Hugh Laurie also have small roles.

Check it out and decide for yourself, but I'm sure you'll enjoy the 6 episodes.


Based on Joseph Hellerís seminal novel of the same name, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, heíll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for oneís own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.

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