- Summary: St. Louis crime reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) returns to her small Missouri hometown for a story about a murder of a young girl and the disappearance of another only to experience reminders of her past in this eight-part drama based on the novel by Gillian Flynn.
- Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
- Show Type: Mini-Series
- Season 1 premiere date: Jul 8, 2018
- Episode Length: 60
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Graced with some of the best performances Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson have ever given, directed with sure-handed and sometimes flamboyant style by Jean-Marc Vallee and dripping with honey-coated but often barbed dialogue, “Sharp Objects” is flat-out great television.
On TV, Sharp Objects can't precisely capture Flynn's prose and the internalized descent into disorientation taken page-by-page, but series director Jean-Marc Vallee finds his own visual language that, driven by a ferociously wounded performance by Amy Adams, makes this eight-hour limited series haunting and riveting--both prestige and pulp.
Adams, with the support of executive producers Flynn, Noxon and Vallée and an extraordinary team of co-stars, makes Sharp Objects use Camille to weave a palpably dark parable about history’s impact, and how failing to confront its lasting damage traps us. Grim as this assessment may be, this also makes the drama one of the better offerings on TV right now--not a feel-good summertime story by any means, but one deserving of attention and worth seeing through to the finish.
The layered darkness that inhabits Flynn's work is the primary hurdle here, and fans looking for a captivating mystery with Gone Girl's twists and turns will be disappointed. Fortunately, for those willing to soak in the experience, director Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies, Dallas Buyers Club) allows for the slow burn required to inhabit Flynn's deeply personal corners.
Solving the crime is almost incidental to the lingering puzzle of Camille's clouded past. With prickly vulnerability, Adams brings poignant dimension to Flynn's pulp melodrama. [9 - 22 Jul 2018, p.12]
In the #MeToo era, HBO's Sharp Objects will inevitably be proclaimed a work of eloquent female empowerment. It isn't. It's slow, confusing, over-gothed and under-articulated. There's a good story squeaking from underneath all the messy baggage it carries, but it's probably easier to just go to Kmart for another suitcase rather than unpack this thing.
Aug 27, 2018I went into watching this show with the expectation that it would continue on HBO. Wasn't sure about it at first, but it ended up being aI went into watching this show with the expectation that it would continue on HBO. Wasn't sure about it at first, but it ended up being a great mini-series with very disturbing characters. The show develops quickly over 8 episodes but I liked the pace and delivery.… Expand
Oct 5, 2018One of the best series of this year. Amy Adams acting is perfect, probably the best portrait of a mental disease I've ever seen, and herOne of the best series of this year. Amy Adams acting is perfect, probably the best portrait of a mental disease I've ever seen, and her character development was well executed. Adora and Amma characters made me feel so many different things, specially in the last episodes... I love that almost all the narrative lays on women. The photography and art direction are terrific too!… Expand
Jul 17, 2018Clichés everywhere you look. In practically every single aspect with few exceptions. The flashbacks, the slow pace, the unspoken dirty smallClichés everywhere you look. In practically every single aspect with few exceptions. The flashbacks, the slow pace, the unspoken dirty small town secret, the ambitious FBI agent, alcohol, smoking, dysfunctional family, sex abuse. That said the actors are very good. All of them. It will all hang on the finale. If (as I fear) it's the obvious well trodden conclusion then this will be forgettable...but if they venture off the reservation, who knows, this might be an award winner..??… Expand
Aug 8, 2018It's a show about a murder of young girl in a small town in Missouri and Amy Adams is a journalist named Camille who grew up in that town butIt's a show about a murder of young girl in a small town in Missouri and Amy Adams is a journalist named Camille who grew up in that town but has left it a long time ago, after her sister got murdered there.
She is joined by Chris Messina as detective Richard Willis from Kansas City who is somewhat a specialist for those kind of murders.
Now, according to Wikipedia this is supposed to be a psychological thriller.
After watching 5 episodes, I can assure you, there is nothing thrilling about that show.
It's a psychological something.
Sure, it has atmosphere and brings you in a certain mood. Is that enough? Of course not.
Since nowadays it has become almost obligatory to add a chock full of flashbacks to any tv show, the writers appear to have made the decision to double down on that.
Being true or not, you get the impression half of every episode consists of flashbacks.
Ok, maybe only 30%.
Additionally the producers thought it was masterpiece cinema to switch back and fourth between present and past within a second.
To go even further, you'll see Amy Adams (now) seeing Amy Adams as a girl as well as other characters from the past in one scene.
Sometimes, while watching this, you get the feeling, these flashbacks give you some crucial information about the killer and you have missed it.
Or maybe you haven't missed anything. You just don't know.
After 5 episodes, almost half of the season, Camille and Richard still have no clue who the killer is.
They have literally nothing.
Instead we have the very original story of someone coming back to her home town having to face her past and confront her (*sigh*) 'inner demons' .
Of course, after 5 episodes, we don't know much about these 'inner demons' either.
How do make people watch this show and stay with it until the finale?
You give them interesting characters and an interesting story even though it might have no thrills most of the time.
The problem with this show is: It. Has. No. Interesting. Characters. Period.
You get characters you get stories, but nothing about it is compelling.
The main character herself is somewhat of a stereotype. A damaged, alcoholic human being incapable of maintaining a personal relationship.
Yeah. Fresh and new.
There is simply not much more to it. It's well crafted, technically, but it's so much style over substance it's infuriating.
I really don't use the term 'pretentious' a lot but this is definitely a big pile of pretentious BS.… Expand
Jan 5, 2019Can't see why the reviews are so high. It had the potential to be a good murder mystery which it looked like in the trailer. Instead it turnedCan't see why the reviews are so high. It had the potential to be a good murder mystery which it looked like in the trailer. Instead it turned out to be a torture simulator. If you are in the mood for watching a depressed self mutilator with severe mommy issues well your in luck, but if you are a sane person that actually likes a good plot that moves along, avoid this like the plague.… Expand
Sep 8, 2018Compelling, esp Adams, but no editor and reporter work that way, and no unproven reporter spends that much unproductive time on an out of townCompelling, esp Adams, but no editor and reporter work that way, and no unproven reporter spends that much unproductive time on an out of town assignment. Some continuity problems, too. But Adams and that cast are so good that that's a quibble. .… Expand
Published: December 29, 2018We rank the best-reviewed limited series, TV movies, and TV specials airing in 2018.