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TV Review: HBO`s “Sharp Objects” (2018) ★★★★★


One of the biggest injustices in the cinematic world is the fact that the five-time academy award nominee Amy Adams has never won one? Why does she have to grow older in order to get the recognition she should have received a long time ago? Is there anything that she would touch which wouldn’t turn into gold? Just the book reading scene from “Nocturnal Animals” is enough to realize the depth of emotional strength this exceptional actor can bring into her characters. This is why HBO’s “Sharp Objects” based on Gillian Flynn’s debut novel was so fascinatingly interesting to watch.

The premise of “Sharp Objects” consists of a mother-daughter relationship, a murder that occurs in Missouri’s Wind Gap city, and an alcoholic reporter that is recently released from a psychiatric hospital and sent by her boss to her hometown to write an article and solve her family problems. However, little did he know about her past as a chain of events with the haunting past begins shaping a new form in Camille Preaker’s (Amy Adams) head while she finds herself in an ocean full of pain that’s being caused by the trauma she suffered when she lost her younger sister years ago.

First when we meet Camille, she is in Saint Louis, working as a reporter for the St. Louis Chronicle. She has a discussion with her boss, Frank Curry (Miguel Sandoval), who gives Camille an assignment that takes her back to Wind Gap. Thinking that she can (and no doubt about that) manage the psychological pressure that she may encounter upon arrival to the city, it’s the appearance of her mother, Adora Crellin (Patricia Clarkson) that gives us the first hint of what we might have gotten ourselves into as viewers.

There is no need for us to be Sherlock Holmes to realize that Adora is not that loving or a caring mother. Flashbacks offered to Camille’s youth gives some answer as to why her entire body is being damaged by the notes, that quite frankly, could have drove anyone crazy. However, despite the storm of painful memories attacking Camille, she tries to remain sober and begins asking questions, especially to Detective Richard Willis (Chris Messina), who is not so willing to give up information to a crime reporter whose reputation precedes her.

As new details emerge, it becomes clear that Amma Crellin (Eliza Scanlen), Camille’s younger sister, is one of the main characters we should pay close attention to. As the series approaches the end, be prepared for something shocking any sane mind won’t be ready to comprehend. But all that is nothing in comparison to what Camille/Adora/Amma’s characters are about to offer, which, I would like to assure you, is scary, terrifying, violent and brutal. But with the ability to shock anyone to the core.

“Sharp Objects”, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (“Big Little Lies”), is an exquisite series that offers a deep exploration of what may happen to a child that’s suffered from an emotional and psychological abuse. It’s not just about a mother who was over-protective or the one to would provide the best care to her children, it’s about a yet-to-form mind that must go through horrific experiences and not to fail when the time comes. In “Sharp Objects” it shows the struggles of Camille and what she went through. It highlights the new horror Amma has to face and what that experience may result in, which, in a way, makes total sense.

While the show itself is outstanding, engaging, and delivers the darkest atmosphere possible, it’s the direction and the acting that will stand out. Amy Adams as Camille, Patricia Clarkson as Adora, and Eliza Scanlen’s portrayal of Amma is something you should never miss. From the start till the end, the lead actors begin telling the story of their characters, ravel deep into their mind so that we as viewers can get the best experience possible. And that’s why, on top of its cleverly written storyline, “Sharp Objects” turns into a sharp and important piece about family abuse and what may happen if the state of mind has been shattered.

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