While school has a tendency to take even the best books unenjoyable experiences, usually there are at least one or two novels that resonate with every student for whatever reason. Back in high school, that book for me was Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. Sure, the subject matter of World War II may be serious stuff, but it was the first book I’d read that made me laugh out loud — and it did so pretty damn regularly.
The novel was adapted way back in 1970 for the big screen, and while it starred Alan Arkin, it really anywhere near capture the essence of the novel for me. There was a real bit of substance missing, and the cartoony humor found in the book was all but missing. More importantly was their inability to use cyclical narration reminiscent of the chapters, and for the longest time, it seemed like adapting it faithfully would be another unfulfilled wish.
Well, God bless our Golden Age of TV, because it’s allowed networks to take creative, expensive risks with their shows, and now Hulu has taken to adapting the novel as a miniseries. Today, they’ve released the first trailer for the series, and it looks like it could very well perfectly capture the spirit of the Joseph Heller book.
Below is the official synopsis for Catch-22:
“Based on the acclaimed Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 follows the adventures and misadventures of a US air squadron in Italy in World War II. Catch-22 premieres May 17.”
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