Aroview: This superlative HBO policier - a marquee television event in 2014, and the first in an anthology of bespoke detective stories - pairs Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as mismatched investigators tracking a nihilistic killer in South Louisiana.
An outstanding exercise in Southern Gothic, literary influence, and rich cinematic form, the eight-part series boasts a continuity and breadth of vision rarely seen on the screen screen, benefiting particularly from the sole creative teaming of Nic Pizzolatto and Cary Joji Fukunaga (who wrote and directed every episode respectively). Though a wasteland for female characters and deeply misogynistic in its worldview, it nonetheless has set the bar extremely high for all crime series to come.
Season One: eight episodes across three discs.
Average rating (Very Good). Showing 1-3 of 5 member reviews.
5 stars (Exceptional) ~mvvm
2 stars (Good Try) MM flawed antihero reveals that he killed a drug dealer - but only because he was injecting his own 18 month old baby with crack-cocaine - a late model cardboard cutout hero we can all believe in - or not (Louisiana - seen from above is a reason to watch) ~URIKI
4 stars (Very Good) The mystery itself is generic cliche (with loads of sexist baggage), but the characters and mood really get under the skin, and keep us riveted. Evocative cinematography and music choices augment the two excellent lead performances. ~fairbrother
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