Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

An HBO Limited Miniseries

DVD - 2018
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A reporter confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder.
Publisher: [New York, New York] :, Home Box Office,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ♭2018
Branch Call Number: DVD TV SERIES SHA
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 421 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
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dsw3914
Jan 13, 2020

Some random thoughts: 1. Worst mother ever. 2. Wimpiest, weakest father ever. 3. Could easily edit out 6 hrs and the profanity, turn it into a Lifetime movie. 3. Constantly roller-skating teen-age girls? What's up with that? 4. The phrase "little girl(s)" was said/uttered/slurred/whispered about 500 times. 5. Older teen/young adult women trying to act like seductive teens is mostly ick. 5. The adults catered to the teens and treated the teens as peers rather than as teens. Someone needs to be an adult. 6. Quit whispering people! I had to turn the volume really high and eventually had to use the sub-titles. 7. Missouri noir? Southern Gothic?

There are probably lots more things but it is time for my dinner. I guess you can assume I did not care for it so much.

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marcos_santiago
Dec 04, 2019

"Sharp Objects" starts with a crime (a murder) in a small town, but this is NOT the story they want to tell us.
The crime setup at the beginning is just the motive for these characters to collide in the imaginary town of Wind Gap, Missouri.
I'll say it again, this is not a crime story, or a police procedural drama.
This is a story of people with terrible psychological damage, because of real life traumas, which have resulted in addictions, obsessions, manias, and creepy and dark impulses, etc.
In other words, deep and horrible scars, both figurative and literal.
Each episode explores the characters, exposing them, slowly.
The "who committed the crimes?" is secondary.
Instead of 8 episodes, it should be 6.
Viewers expecting clues of the crimes will be disappointed. That storyline moves slowly.
Technically, it is very original. I loved the use of reflections (on glass and mirrors) of people that are not really there. Great editing. Excellent acting.
Very memorable. But I would have changed a few things.

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eusebius
Sep 24, 2019

The Stepford Wives Meet Dracula. Seriously though, there is an awful lot of melodrama going on in this very long series. The people of this small town are shown as cynical and foolish (the goings on on Calhoun Day are hardly to be believed), and Camille--although well played by Amy Adams--has a drinking habit that surpasses anything I've seen since The Days of Wine and Roses. Still, some of the actors shine; D.B. Sweeney as the father of a murdered girl is moving, as is Taylor john Smith as the chief suspect in the case, and Elizabeth Perkins provides some welcome comic relief. The identity of the killer is not revealed until the last two seconds--really.

LPL_TriciaK Sep 20, 2019

Searing drama based on the novel by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) . Amy Adams is spectacular as the alcoholic journalist sent back to her hometown to cover a murder, and Patricia Clarkson once again blows us away with her masterful depiction of a manipulative mother. Creepy, dark, unsettling in every way - but so well-directed and acted that you'll keep watching.

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VickyMac
Sep 16, 2019

I found this very slow to reveal what was going on, and the amount of alcohol the lead actress consumes was beyond belief that anyone could drink that much and still drive, and walk and talk, although she seldom acts drunk. I agree with others who commented on the poor lighting and sound quality.

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Nooksack20
Sep 09, 2019

A rather odd story with many slow agonizing twists and turns.

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empbee
Aug 16, 2019

Slow, sometimes irritating but good acting. Hard to rate.

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kls13
Aug 09, 2019

The slow development of various charcaters follows the book and adds to the deep and the dark aspects of their psyches. Hollywood took liberties, though, to push a racial agenda that was not part of the book and it cheapened the narrative, a bit. The ending in the movie did not fall as flat as in the book. Overall, the movie is hypnotizing and sets a great mood for the main character, her family, and her childhood friends.

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Jul 31, 2019

I personally found very slow, I fast forward, then went back again. Then decided to give up in the second disc, and then thought, see it through. Lots of poor sound quality for an older person with not 100% hearing. Turning up the volume didn't help. A disappointing ending after all this

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CaptainHecto
Jul 19, 2019

A conventional plot -- young reporter returns to her Missouri home town to cover local murders -- is given an interesting 'look' by director Jean-Marc Vallée (though the profusion of two-second flashbacks becomes annoying). There we meet the passive-aggressive mother from hell (Patricia Clarkson), whose 'damaged' reporter daughter (Amy Adams) tries to find her bearings, sort of, while looking for the killer ... and drinking the town dry in the process. She is, we are continually reminded, a victim of her past, so let's not be too hard on her -- that seems to be the message of the series. Didn't work for me, even with the reveal ending. It's too bad, though, because the ambiance created by Vallée's direction is worth seeing.

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