‘Arrested Development’ on Netflix: Hilarious, boring, bloated, masterful

05.28.13 5 years ago


“Arrested Development” on Netflix: Hilarious, boring, bloated, masterful
Season 4 looks like “Arrested Development” but it’s an entirely different series, says Todd VanDerWerff, “something more like Mitch Hurwitz and the cast of that earlier show got together to make a bunch of loosely intersecting short films about the characters from the earlier project, each with its own tone and point-of-view. It’s an occasionally hilarious, sometimes boring, always bloated boondoggle of a project, and it”s the sort of thing that’s at once staggering in its ambition and hard to approach with anything like real affection. It is, in places, masterful. It is also, in other places, at once weirdly pleased with itself and too ready to hold the audience”s hand where that hand needn’t be held.” PLUS: There’s flashes of brilliance amid a lot of flab, “Arrested” is at worst doing a shaky imitation of itself, 5 of the 15 episodes deserved an “A” but many were uneven, Season 4 exceeds expectations, it took 7 episodes to get good, it was designed to be watched over and over, and why Season 4 is a total failure.

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