Sharp Objects debuted on HBO on July 8.
Based on the book by The New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places), this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.
Starring Amy Adams (as Camille Preaker), Patricia Clarkson, Elizabeth Perkins, and newcomer-to-watch Eliza Scanlen, this is the latest drama series driven by a female ensemble cast, and the second HBO series in two years with character development just as important, if not more so, than its advertised murder mystery.
The story deals with the curiosity about evil and its unwillingness to settle for anything less than its version of psychological truth, no matter how demanding. Its handling of truly twisted subject matter is frank and unblinking, digging out insight about the most damaged of people and the harm they do to themselves and to others.
Adams plays Camille as a scab no one can stop picking, least of all herself, and the deeper the show digs into her demons, the more thrilling it is to watch the actress at work. Adams has certainly played darker roles on the big screen (think of The Master, for instance), but she’s primarily known as a sunny, comedic presence. Sharp Objects lets her go way, way against type, to her benefit, as well as the show’s.
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