Wednesday, July 30, 2014

TV Review: True Detective (Season 1) (2013)

True Detective (Season 1) (Review)
United States/2013
Format Viewed For Review: Blu-ray (HBO Home Entertainment)
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...truly fantastic television."

Louisiana state homicide detectives Rustin "Rust" Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin "Marty" Hart (Woody Harrelson) hunt a demented serial killer across 17 years.

True Detective intertwines the past and present. In the past, Rust and Marty track an elusive and sadistic serial killer -- their characters clash, often frustratingly and violently, but they get their work done. In the present, a similar case causes two new detectives to interview Rust and Marty about their previous work. The story is overall very atmospheric and dark, in fact getting darker and darker as it progressively spirals into madness. The investigation and mystery is engaging, it really kept me hooked from beginning to end. And, the ending is great, I thought it offered enough closure and closed up most loose ends -- it was even contemplative.

Although I loved the story, I loved the focus on character more. True Detective is a provocative character-driven crime drama. The characters, particularly Rust and Martin, are intricate and complex; they have realistic personalities, whether you like them or not. It's the type of well-developed character where you actually feel like you personally know said character. Furthermore, their relationship is also very well crafted. The standalone characters and their relationship make the story so much more effective; it amplifies what could've been just-another-crime-drama.

The acting is phenomenal. Matthew McConaughey, who I loved in films like Killer Joe, is superb as the pessimistic Rustin "Rust" Cohle. Woody Harrelson is also fantastic, giving McConaughey a run for his money. What I like about most of the acting is that it is very genuine and subtle, it doesn't feel overacted. The cinematography is superb; the series is beautiful despite its horrific subject, and the style is mesmerizing. The music is subtle, blending well with the show. Writer Nic Pizzolatto is superb, as is director Cary Joji Fukunaga; the dialogue really stood out, it really hits you hard.

Overall, I loved True Detective. This is truly fantastic television. The story is dark and engaging, the characters are riveting, the dialogue is provocative and contemplative, and the show is a technical feat. Also, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson deliver magnificent, must-watch performances. I love crime films like Se7en, Silence of the Lambs, and shows like Hannibal; if you like any of the above, I think you'll love True Detective.

Score: 10/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and blood, sex and full nudity.

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