Sharp Objects is a HBO limited series that follows Camille (Amy Adams), a small newspaper reporter who must return to her hometown of Wind Gap to investigate the murder of two teenage girls.
The series is an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel, so you can expect it to be dark, gruesome, and have a couple of twists. Gone Girl was a phenomenon when the film came out, and I found Sharp Objects to be equally as dark and compelling.
Amy Adams stars as Camille, and this is my favorite performance of hers that I’ve seen. Adams of course is one of the best actresses today, who is always good in no matter what she’s in. Camille is a very troubled person, she is not over her younger sister’s death, so she resorts to alcohol and self-harming to help her cope. However, Camille is also determined, she stays in a home town that she despises because she knows that she can be the one who exposes the truth and can get justice for those girls.
Eliza Scanlen plays Camille’s half sister, Amma, she’s a rebellious teenager that is raised in a sheltered environment, and wants to be like her big sister, Camille. I was very impressed with Scanlen in this role, she played the quiet and sweet sister, Beth, in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, and this is a departure from that. While she can be endearing, she also made me uneasy and is a bit of a mean girl around town.
Rounding out the supporting cast is Patricia Clarkson as Camille’s mother, Adora, and Chris Messina as Richard. Adora is a mother hen through and through, especially to young Amma. She always looks pristine and values proper etiquette. But she can also be a bit ominous, especially to Camille, who she believes taints the family image. Richard is a city detective brought in the investigate the murders as well and takes an interest in Camille. I found Richard’s detective skills in the series to be lacking, but he and Camille had a believable will they or won’t they type of chemistry.
Something I think was utilized brilliantly were the flashbacks of Camille’s childhood and self-harming days. They help put you in Camille’s head space, but they are very quick and easy to miss. They can sometimes include clues too, which adds to the mystery feel to the series.
I must also applaud the music used in the series because I really loved it. The song choices fit really well with the tone of the series and were a definite stand out to me.
So, if you’re in need of a show to watch and are a fan of dark, mystery thrillers, then I definitely recommend Sharp Objects. I’m a bit late to the game on this show, but Adams is phenomenal. The story will keep you guessing and when the shoe drops, it’s a definite shock.
I give Sharp Objects an A.