Sharp Objects: the miniseries HBO with Amy Adams | Review


Published on Sep 14, 2018


There is a kind of painful self-identification while you look at Sharp Objects, the miniseries for HBO adapted from the novel by On the skin of Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), adapted for tv by Marti Noxon (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies), arriving on the 17th of September on Sky Atlantic HD.

There is a claustrophobia in the direction and in the photograph of the Vallée immediately recognizable, which is meant to represent the world that tells the story: Wind Gap, the village at the centre of history, has remained as frozen in time, but for reasons much less idyllic – just as an example serial – to Stars Hollow.

A miniseries functional as well as creative, which goes to fill the “emptiness” of the summer left from the Big Little Lies, (which, born as a miniseries, will return next year with a second season), the unprecedented success of last year. The director is the same, yet here the atmosphere is very different. Also this time you tell the truth, and the terrible secrets, but this time it is much more shameful, and the crime that is the backdrop to the story is much more raw and bloody. Big Little Lies was lively, the solar, even on the screenplay by David E. Kelley and the concentration of vitality which is the Madeline Reese Witherspoon.

In Sharp Objects, instead everything is static, motionless, to prove to the viewer that sense of constant inadequacy that test Camille (a superb Amy Adams), a journalist and an alcoholic and damaged from a very painful family. The same family into which she is forced to return after his boss (Miguel Sandoval) and he sends her to Wind Gap for digging in the dirt of two young girls of the place recently disappeared. “It could be your Pulitzer Prize”, he says to her.

Camille is the one that has done it, walked away, with looks enough to be part of the village, the mother included, but admiration of her half-sister (many years younger) Amma (Eliza Scanlen) and family friend Jackie (Elizabeth Perkins). There are all the characters-the type of village in South America, including the sheriff of the country (Matt Craven), annoyed by the constant interference of the detective of Kansas City, Richard (Chris Messina), arrived to help in the investigation and that they will come closer to Camille.

Adora, the mother-of-control, interpreted wonderfully by Patricia Clarkson, is a perfect Southern lady, of a wealthy family, the villa is a bit outside of the city, and the constant need to look your best and maintain the reputation of the family; the return of the daughter and the work that is the are embarrassed about, not to say rejection, especially in relation to the rest of his precious community. The same Wind Gap is all the traditions and importance of the facade rather than the substance inside of the houses. Very little of Twin Peaks, the double tragedy that shakes the whole community would obviously bring to the surface the terrible secrets of the above, and the painful past of the protagonist. This Vallée through a montage that alternates sequences of today, the memories of Camille, always from his point of view: very short flash that the viewer will have the task of putting it together, and that only at the end to buy a sense. Just as was the case in Big Little Lies, even if the set is heavy and claustrophobic, as you said, a choice “mirror” of the plot.

Sharp Objects is also a tribute to the female protagonists with the generations of women (Adora, Camille, Amma) and men who rely on them and obey. The second husband she Loves and the father of Amma, Alan (Henry Czerny), is totally beholden to the whims and moods of the wife, so as to sleep in separate rooms. Also the sheriff Bill is subdued by Love for their past, rather than the current wife who lovingly each morning he prepares breakfast and lunch for the day. It does not shy away from the paradigm, not even the outsider, Richard, in a certain sense “suffer” the troubled past of Camille, and even the suspected John, the brother of the second girl disappeared, commanded wand by his girlfriend, Ashley.

Sharp Objects, as well as Camille, is complex, difficult to digest, a flower that blooms slowly, but once a flower might soften all that surrounds them... in good and in evil.

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