Homecoming - Weird & Wonderful.
To say that this series was weird would be an understatement. I find myself chuckling as I write this Blog because i’m just thinking back to how each episode ended & the music chosen for each scene.
Homecoming stars Julia Roberts, Bobby Cannavale & Stephen James. Their respective characters are Heidi Bergman, Colin Belfast & Walter Cruz. They’re all very closely linked & are the main protagonists. Walter Cruz is a U.S Marine who has just come back from serving abroad & he, among some of his other marine corps, have either chosen or been persuaded to enlist themselves at ‘Geist’, which is a place where ex-serviceman who suffer from basic PTSD, (post-traumatic stress disorder) go to have this treated, but not in the way you would typically expect.
Heidi Bergman appears to be the senior advisor at Geist & is in constant contact with Colin Belfast, who seems to be in charge of the facility/programme. The never ending phone calls between one another clearly suggest that there is a more sinister plan in place & something is not quite right.
As the treatment sessions begin, the attention quickly shifts to Walter Cruz. You begin to hear the kind of questions he is being asked & you start to listen to the stories that have clearly scarred his mind. Nothing Walter is asked or says is particularly shocking, parse, yet at times the suspense of what may be said, has you inching ever so closer to the TV. At these particular moments, the chosen music could only be described as diverse. It gave me a downtown detective/noir vibe at times. The music is an eclectic & highly unusual mix. However, when I finished laughing (in a good way), my subconscious thought was ‘this works’.
In some cases, you need to watch at least two episodes of a new series to establish whether it has sparked your interest. In Homecoming’s case, after the first episode or, perhaps much earlier, I was left highly intrigued. I had absolutely no idea whether what I had just watched was a load of nothingness & left me so intentionally confused, to the point that I couldn’t figure it out/make up my mind if it was worth my time or if this was series that was doused in industrial strength glue, so you could never escape it’s grasp. As I write this Blog after watching the entire series, I’m sure you can guess which description was correct.
The last time I watched a film with Julia Roberts was in Oceans 11 (probably not her best work..?) & I’m pretty certain that I’ve seen Bobby Cannavale in something before, although, I can’t quite remember. Stephen James is definitely someone I recognise, but I can’t put a film to the face. Regardless of my faint & useless memory, this was an excellent trio of actors. They all played their parts very well & I wouldn’t change a thing.
Some of the scenes (the present) was displayed vertically, as if you’re watching it from a mobile phone & the past would display as widescreen. The focus on the lens always made either sides, top & bottom, distinctly blurry, focusing primarily on the middle area. At times the camera was completely to the left, with one of the actors completely to the right & so on and so forth. It’s not something I am use to or have ever seen before, but in a mildly strange way, I liked it. It’s different & it’s okay to be different.
Each episode ends where you never expect it to. Almost at will. There had to have been some radical techniques adopted to put this series together & a very convincing way of saying ‘trust me’ from whomever’s ideas these were, to the final ‘green light giver’. Homecoming is a well told story, despite the fact it’s covered in mystery & haze. Nothing you watch will be like anything you’ve seen before & I think that’s the point. It keeps you coming back & even when you’ve figured out what’s (sort of) going on, you’re eager to watch & learn more. It gives a whole new meaning to the word ‘crave’.