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Review: Barry - Season 4

Disillusioned at the thought of taking down another "mark," depressed, low-level hit man Barry Berkman seeks a way out. When the Midwesterner reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to execute a hit on an actor who is bedding a mobster's wife, little does Barry know that the City of Angels may be his sanctuary. He follows his target into acting class and ends up instantly drawn to the community of eager hopefuls, especially dedicated student Sally, who becomes the object of his affection. While Barry wants to start a new life as an actor, his handler, Fuches, has other ideas, and the hit man's criminal past won't let him walk away so easily.

Bill Hader, Sarah Goldberg, Stephan Root, Anthony Carrigan & Henry Winkler.

Barry Season 4 takes the series up a notch in surrealism and its balance of comedy and drama. Pushing the boundaries of what a comedy could be & what TV can be. Bill Hader taking the helm as director of the entire season pays off in ways audiences couldn’t imagine.

After the devastatingly dark season 3 of Barry, it’s not surprise that the series follows that theme with more tension and emotional distress for all characters. However, no matter how dramatic the season gets, Bill never loses its laugh of loud dialogue and performances from the whole cast. Hader’s direction is taken to extreme heights in surrealism and subtle filmmaking masterclass. Whether it’s through the gorgeous camerawork & brilliant sound design to sell the feeling of trauma, or how it stages its scenes and frames its most important moments.

The story continues to be as unpredictable as ever, jumping around in time that I never expected. And coming together, tying all the storylines and character development up in the neatest of bows and blowing it up for an explosive final few episodes that blew me away. The entire cast continue to deliver outstanding performances that are both hilarious and tragic, screaming for their Emmy nominations under the drama category.

Every technical element stuns & each detail in every production aspect and narrative shines through. Bill Hader is proving himself to be one of the most talented individuals on the planet through his masterful storytelling both through the camera lens and on screen.

It’s difficult to discuss how brilliant Barry Season 4 is without spoilers. So, it’s a shame to cut it short. But, this final season of Barry continues to be as flawless as it could be. Both its filmmaking and performances are at the highest standard of film, with each episode building upon the next. It’s not often we get shows like this & I’m not sure we’ll ever see anything like it again. However, the finale certainly will tear audiences in two.

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