Ah, HBO, you going for that True Detective feels again, aren't you? Cause SHARP OBJECTS has the makings of feeling very much like a True Detective follow up than season 2 of True Detective could ever be.
What's it about, you ask? The story summed up is about Camille Preaker, a crime reporter, suffering from crushing alcoholism and recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital for self harming, returns to her shit hole of a south home town in Wind Gap, Missouri, to investigate and write about the murders of two young girls. It takes her back to confront her childhood home under the critical eye of her Socialite mother, Adore, which forces Preaker to confront some of her personal demons.
In a sense, Sharp Objects is a fantasy show about a woman getting paid to go somewhere for weeks to report on a story. That shit isn't much reality and it was a delusion to me when I wanted to actually be a journalist. And while I did say this is worthy level of True Detective, Matthew Mcconaughey is a much more entertaining alcoholic southerner murder investigator. But hey, Amy, You're trying and that's what counts.
What made True Detective work was that it was about clues. well, not so much clues, as creepy factor and that is something this show has plenty of. That creepy factor. Especially when it comes to dead young girls... which seems to be a running theme lately. What the hell, man. I don't want to be known for the guy with the strange young murder content.
Let's talk about Amy Adams. Or should I say Frumpy Amy Adams. She said in an interview that she was so self conscious about having to be naked on screen when the scars were being made up on her because she had stopped going to the gym given that she figured her alcoholic character, only consumed junk food and booze, wouldn't be so believable to look like she did in American Hustle. Not to go all patriarchy all up in here, and in fact, it's more of body self reflection and acceptance, but she looks really good this way. I mean, aside from, you know, the massive amounts of cutting and scars that she self-inflicted... and all... shit, there's no way I can get out of this paragraph, is there?
Cut to non-sequitur cut away shot...
Okay, that's another thing that happens in the show. there's a lot of quick cuts to scenes that you have no idea what the hell they are doing there. It really puts you in Camille's head. Like every glance tells you what she's thinking. When she looked at the trolley of bleach early on, and you know exactly what she's thinking about from all the show's done to put you in her state of mind. It's really a brilliant way of getting you into the POV of the character.
I also love the fact that this is a hard lined mini series that will not get dragged on till its death. More TV shows need to do this method of just telling a quick story. Fewer sequels for movies and shows are needed. Being deliberate about the story you want to tell, getting it told as you wanted it to is perfect. None of this forcing a show that wanted to die a long time ago to do two more seasons it has no story to tell in them and it just ruins the whole point of why you are there to begin with.
It's also very addicting. I've been watching it week by week, but if had been on Netflix, I would have just watched the whole thing in a single night. Even if the subject matter is extremely rough. It just screams multiple Emmy's for best drama and music and actress, as you know the general rule, if you make yourself ugly as a woman, you're going to get those nominations.