When Rosamund Pike starrer Gone Girl released in 2014, it generated a lot of interest in author Gillian Flynn’s other works. So, it came as no surprise that her debut novel Sharp Objects was adapted by HBO as a limited series. Starring Amy Adams, Sharp Objects premiered in 2018 and the eight-episode HBO series tells the story of a troubled woman who is trying to escape her eerie past. Created by Marti Noxon of Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and UnREAL fame, this was definitely one of the best limited series of 2018.
What is Sharp Objects about?
The limited series is the story of investigative reporter Camille Preaker who is sent to the town she grew up in, Wind Gap, to report on a murder case. As we meet Camille, we find out that she is an alcoholic who has been self-harming for several years and has also spent some time in a psychiatric facility.
Camille is scared of living in her childhood home and as we delve deeper, we find out about the years she spent in that house. Her demons, metaphorically, still reside there and her mother Adora makes sure she never forgets them.
Sharp Objects is a murder mystery as the town has witnessed two murders under suspicious circumstances. The murders turn into a personal battle for Camille as she lost her sister as a child and still blames herself for the mishap.
What works for Sharp Objects?
Amy Adams is a chameleon on screen and the way she embodies Camille is a treat to watch. Camille is a grown-up now but she still hasn’t confronted her mother. Her sister’s death has damaged her for life but her sharp mind has never left her side and Adams conveys all of this without using many words.
Patricia Clarkson as Adora is the scene-stealer here. Her eerie, dominating presence sends chills down your spine every time she appears on screen. She makes Adora a necessary evil in Camille’s life and she does it so effectively that her presence is enough to intimidate the viewers.
Another stand out character here is Amma played by Eliza Scanlen. The teenager is Camille’s step sister and Adora’s youngest daughter. She is a rebel and reminds Camille of her younger days. Amma is introduced as a bratty teenager but her troubled life makes you root for her. Even though she seems like a well-wisher, there’s something about her that assures you that all’s not well with this young woman.
What does not work for Sharp Objects?
The eight-episode saga starts strong and with limited episodes, you know there is an end to this story. But unfortunately, there are a few episodes in between when the show starts to feel like a drag. The silences speak but sometimes, it starts to feel a little too self-indulgent.
The show was nominated for three Golden Globes in the categories – Best Miniseries or Television Film, Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for Amy Adams and Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for Patricia Clarkson. Clarkson won the award for her performance as Adora. The show has been nominated in the same three categories at the Primetime Emmy Awards and the results for the same will be announced on September 22, 2019.
Sharp Objects is a murder mystery and is presented as a psychological thriller. The eight-episodes are pretty tight when it comes to storytelling. So, if you are looking for an intense series that could swallow your weekend, this is certainly the right fit.
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Sharp Objects is streaming on Hotstar.