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Escobarbarian
Jun 18, 2004

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Sharp Objects is an HBO miniseries based on the debut novel by Gillian Flynn, who later went on to write Gone Girl. She's heading up the writing team along with Marti Noxon (Buffy, unREAL, Dietland), with every episode directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies).

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Camille Preaker, a crime reporter, suffering from alcoholism and recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital after years of self-harming, returns to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, to investigate the murders of two young girls. The assignment takes her back to her childhood home under the critical eye of her mother Adora, a small-town socialite, which forces Preaker to confront some personal demons.

Cast includes Amy Adams as Camille and Patricia Clarkson as Adora, as well as Eliza Scanlen as Camille's half-sister Amma, Matt Craven as police chief Bill Vickery, and Chris Messina (from The Mindy Project!) as Richard Willis, a detective sent from Kansas City to assist the small-town police dept with the case.

Reception has been largely very positive, with a lot of acclaim for Adams' performance especially. First episode has aired and those of us who have seen it liked it a bunch, so I thought I'd make a thread and here it is hello!

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^burtle
Jul 17, 2001

God of Boomin'


Will probably watch this at some point. For some reason I'm curious to see how they're going to handle her skin.

Escobarbarian
Jun 18, 2004

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It’s accurate to the book (which I am reading now)

esperterra
Mar 24, 2010

There are no such things as miracles.




This was very good and inspired me to immediately, finally watch Gone Girl once it was over.

Looking forward to reading the book once the miniseries is done.

Goddamn Amy Adams is just too talented.

ShakeZula
Jun 17, 2003

Nobody move and nobody gets hurt.


The direction in this show is just fantastic. So many little things that are there for an instant and then gone, really driving home the feeling of anxiety. My favorite instance was the dollhouse, when we first see the inside, has writing scrawled all over the walls and furniture like the writing on Camille's body, but then when they cut to it again that's all gone and it's a normal dollhouse. It's only like that for a second and no attention is drawn to it, but I found it really unsettling.

Gluten Freeman
Aug 1, 2014



First episode was extremely promising. I remember the end of the book ([spoilers]THE TEETH[/spoilers]) but not most of the journey there, so it's a nice mix of knowing and not knowing what's going to happen.

ShakeZula posted:

So many little things that are there for an instant and then gone, really driving home the feeling of anxiety. My favorite instance was the dollhouse, when we first see the inside, has writing scrawled all over the walls and furniture like the writing on Camille's body, but then when they cut to it again that's all gone and it's a normal dollhouse. It's only like that for a second and no attention is drawn to it, but I found it really unsettling.

Really agree with this, but I don't think I even noticed that about the dollhouse! I might have to watch the episode again.

Also the girl they cast as young Amy Adams is like a tiny clone of her

esperterra
Mar 24, 2010

There are no such things as miracles.




Gluten Freeman posted:

Also the girl they cast as young Amy Adams is like a tiny clone of her

I did a double take where I legit had to think about whether or not any of Amy Adams' daughter was even old enough to play that role, the resemblance is uncanny and from what I can tell Sophia Lillis can act, too, so I'm really happy with the casting there. I also really like the girl playing her half-sister. Patricia Clarkson and Elizabeth Perkins are obvs great always.

Agreeing about the direction in general. There were a lot of neat little moments. When Camille and her mother go upstairs and there's that long shot of them walking all the way along the upper floor and to the bedroom, and they pass that empty sofa by her dead sister's room. Then when her mother turns and walks all the way back around to the staircase you can see Camille's sister sitting there in her nightgown, kicking her legs.

Is Big Little Lies this loving sumptuous to look at, too? I've had that sitting on the backburner for a while, I'm going to watch it no matter what because Nicole loving Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, but I might have to bump it up to like, right now.

Escobarbarian
Jun 18, 2004

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It doesn’t look as good as this but it’s still def worth a watch.

I finished the book and uh yeah if they get it right this show is gonna rule hard

Gluten Freeman
Aug 1, 2014



esperterra posted:

Is Big Little Lies this loving sumptuous to look at, too? I've had that sitting on the backburner for a while, I'm going to watch it no matter what because Nicole loving Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, but I might have to bump it up to like, right now.

Not as much, no, but it makes you feel a similar emotional resonance from the juxtaposition of images. Plus absolutely incredibly performances from everyone.

I think it takes a couple more episodes for you to feel as strongly about the characters as you would about Camille from this first episode, because they start out as unsympathetic rich bitches that end up framed as just human beings in the end. But that's the journey of the show. Definitely binge it during the breaks between episodes of this.

esperterra
Mar 24, 2010

There are no such things as miracles.




I know this isn't the BLL thread but 'she probably gives mint flavoured, organic blowjobs' lmfao

DC Murderverse
Nov 10, 2016

"Tell that to Zod's snapped neck!"


I love this so far, I'm a big fan of the Gone Girl movie, and I can feel both that and lots of my mom's tiny midwestern hometown in this movie. Patricia Clarkson is fantastic, and obviously Amy Adams.

edit: ok i see what this show is now, it's a really traditional noir, but with a journalist instead of a detective

edit: watching Gone Girl after watching the first couple episodes is such a weird jump. There are so many similarities between the two but how they're laid out is drastically different. The dialogue in particular is striking, makes Sharp Objects' noir trappings all the more obvious.

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Vanderdeath
Oct 1, 2005

God was a dream of good government.



Escobarbarian posted:

It doesn’t look as good as this but it’s still def worth a watch.

I finished the book and uh yeah if they get it right this show is gonna rule hard

I don't know, BLL's shots of Monterey made me wish I could upend my life, somehow come into millions of dollars and move there. The cinematography in that show was great but so far this show does have it beat in the style department.

Gluten Freeman posted:

Also the girl they cast as young Amy Adams is like a tiny clone of her

I legitimately thought that girl was Amy Adams' sister or something. It's uncanny.

esperterra
Mar 24, 2010

There are no such things as miracles.




Yeah, I binged BLL this week and the shows do share a super similar quality, especially in how Vallee can really put you in a character's head in a way we don't get enough in shows and movies. BLL was gorgeous to look at, but Sharp Objects definitely has a much more distinct sense of style and atmosphere where BLL didn't really lean into anyhing like that.

They're both hella well filmed and edited shows. The soundtracks have also been stellar and all the acting. I expect just a liiiiittle trash b/c of the source material in both cases(e: idk much about BLL's author but afaik it was p much an airport pageturner mystery but Austealia? I might read it idk seems like it'll flesh a couple things out the show coulda benefited from), but Vallee makes trash impactful so I'm down. Also Gone Girl was at least clever trash so I'm down for whatever Flynn came up with before that.

This episode was v good and I laughed out loud many times, as well as visceral cringing b/c goddamn sewing needles. A+ looking forward to next week

Escobarbarian
Jun 18, 2004

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Another great episode, and now I’ve read the book it’s easier to see how the writing team and Vallée have done an excellent job of making certain scenes and elements more “visual” in a way that enhances a lot of them.

I’m really excited for the (book spoilers!) Camille and Amma take ecstasy and fall over a lot together episode.

Your Gay Uncle
Feb 16, 2012


Honestly I hated the book but I'm glad I stuck around for that ending. So far the show is so much better, Amy Adams is amazing and the production design is absolutely stellar.

Gluten Freeman
Aug 1, 2014



esperterra posted:

idk much about BLL's author but afaik it was p much an airport pageturner mystery but Austealia? I might read it idk seems like it'll flesh a couple things out the show coulda benefited from

I haven't read BLL but yeah, that's pretty much the reputation of the author from osmosis (as an Australian). Very much the same level of literature that Gillian Flynn writes, but maybe a shade less into the disturbing gore.

It's funny looking at Gone Girl next to Dark Places and Sharp Objects, because you can clearly see Flynn paring back her tendencies for sensationalist brutality (eg satanic murder in DP, the teeth and Cam's self harm in SO) to focus on the more successful psychological drama. I was actually really interested to see how literally the show would translate Camille's word-carving thing from the page, and it seems very literally! It still comes across a little ludicrous, but that's the feel of the whole town, in a way. Ludicrous horror.

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Escobarbarian
Jun 18, 2004

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Main difference is VANISH isn’t on the back of her neck which makes sense cos I wondered how that would even be possible

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