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Sharp Objects Blu-ray Review

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“Sharp Objects” is a drug-out mini-series.

Author Gillian Flynn (perhaps best known for “Gone Girl”) has yet another work adapted. This time around it’s “Sharp Objects” which has been turned into an 8 episode HBO mini-series. The story follows an alcoholic reporter with a troubled past named Camille. She is assigned to cover a story involving the murder of 2 young girls in her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri. In addition to doing her job, she cozies up to the Detective working the case (Richard), interacts with her family members including Adora (her wealthy mother) and her troublemaker half-sister Amma, and tries to confront her past demons.

HBO’s “Sharp Objects” garnered acclaim right out of the gate, but I can’t say I found myself on board with this dark, gloomy and repetitious mini-series. This series is the definition of a slow-burn show. Not only does it contain expected tropes ala flashbacks (of which there are many), dragging out who the killer is, introducing suspects galore (many of whom have secrets), but the largely psychological series seems to overdo everything. Even in the first episode, it feels like everything has been established quite clearly. We get that this is a series about broken people, family, murder, psychological and physical scars, the dark side of the humanity, and the past. Now imagine being constantly reminded of everything for 8 episodes straight. Obviously, if you’re a fan of murder mysteries and the work of Gillian Flynn, this mystery journey might up your alley, but personally this type of storytelling is not my cup of tea.

Another aggravating aspect of this show is the ending. While the reveal of the killer may divide fans, it is arguably the most engaging part of the series and would have been a great jumping off point for more episodes. Alas, that is the end and there will be no further episodes. Had the killer been revealed earlier, there would have been more to explore in the story/show. It feels like a big missed opportunity especially considering how long it was drawn out to get to that point.

One thing I think everyone will agree on is that Amy Adams is great as Camille. This should come as no surprise as she is always great. Look for quality performances by Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Sophia Lillis (as a young Camille) and Eliza Scanlen as well.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? While not the best hi-def transfer around, it is solid.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This DTS track does the job.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* “Creating Wind Gap”- A short 5 minute featurette containing show clips, interviews, and discussions about the story, characters, and the fictional town of Wind Gap.

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December 19, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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