Criticism: Criticism of the “Run” series with Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson (HBO)


The creation of Vicky Jones (a disciple of Phoebe Waller-Bridge), directed with a steady hand by Kate Dennis (with a strong background in The Handmaid’s Tale: The story of the maid), has all the attributes to be one of the romantic comedies of the year, although by now promises more than it fulfills.

Run (United States Of America-United Kingdom/2020). Creator / Showrunner: Vicky Jones. Address: Kate Dennis (first four episodes). Cast: Merritt Wever, Domhnall Gleeson, Archie Panjabi Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rich Sommer, Tamara Podemsk. Photography: Matthew Clark Editing: Ant Boys Duration: 8 episodes between 29 and 32 minutes. On HBO (Sunday, 24) and on streaming platforms like HBO Go and Flow.

No, it is not new Fleabag. Nor is the new series of Phoebe Waller-Bridge as some vivillos of the marketing tried to sell it. Having regard to the two first two episodes of half hour each one of Run (there will be only eight until the end of may) we can agree on that-perhaps by decanting or association – there is here something of the black humor, the physical comedy, the glee in the absurdity, provocation, discomfort and imprevisiblidad of the universe from Phoebe Waller-Bridge (who is listed as one of the executive producers and will make a lateral input acting), but that the showrunner Vicky Jones takes flight and searches of their own. The hopes of such attempts to reach definitively the intensity and the effectiveness desired, Run it never ceases to be a sympathetic and at times inspired combination between romantic comedy and thriller.

Directed by Kate Dennis (responsible for at least the first four deliveries), the two early chapters of Run based on the expressiveness and on everything in chemistry that is set between Ruby Richardson (Merritt Wever, the brilliant supporting actress of Nurse Jackie and Godlessthat finally got the well-deserved prominence in Inconceivable and here) and Billy Johnson (the ascente gallant irishman Domhnall Gleeson, seen in A matter of time and Ex Machina), the absolute protagonists of a plot that for the moment it has passed almost wholly within a train and in the not shown secondary characters too relevant (although the young man who becomes circumstantially in the third in discord at the end of the second episode has its moment of glory with a “dirty talk”).

Ruby and Billy were sweethearts at the university makes 17 years, in one of those romances juveniles as passionate as they ultimately failed but that they have after-effects (promises, outstanding issues). She has married, has two children; he -a sort of guru of self-help – apparently tries to escape from a relationship toxic and distressing linked to your maid staff. When our red-haired antihero sends you a text message with the word RUNshe -that was inside of his 4×4 truck in the parking lot of a shopping – understand perfectly what it is about the matter and, in a few minutes, you will be first on a flight to New York and then on a train going to Chicago. There, between seats, bars, bathrooms, hallways and staterooms, you will see the reunion between the two, which for various reasons will not be everything challenging and visceral that the situation was promising.

Run it is, above all, a romantic comedy modern, with a protagonist impulsive and nothing docile. Vicky Jones -who has worked with Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag, Crashing and Killing Eve– is allowed to play with the ridicule of the slapstick (the sex scene to the shots in the tiny cabin), but also with the secrets and lies that carry each one and they leave pending the resolution of the mystery and give way to the construction of some tension and suspense in respect of what may happen (very good cliffhanger at the end of the second chapter).

For now, Run promises more of what is fulfilling, without for that reason ceasing to be a series enjoyable. It is likely, then, that requires (and deserves) a new review when the eight episodes show us if, starting from these initial sketches produced, had or not a series actually achieved. By the time it reaches the stabbing scene in Dennis to pure sequence-shot and with the charisma of his team leading as for us to continue organizing this reunion can get to a destination bright for them. And, of course, also for the spectators.

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