Sharp Objects

HBO, Sundays at 9:00 p.m. (Premiering July 8)

Jul 06, 2018 Web Exclusive
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The announcement hit all the right notes. Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson starring in a miniseries based on a Gillian Flynn's novel for HBO sounds like an automatic hit. While Sharp Objects, the miniseries, is indeed everything Flynn's fans could have hoped for, the end result will likely leave some viewers vexed.

Camille Preaker (Adams) is a reporter in St. Louis who is sadly assigned to the hometown from which she's tried so desperately to distance herself in Wind Gap, Missouri. One young girl's murder turns into multiple victims, and Preaker is sent to investigate. The demons of her past and the town's present overlap more than expected, and Preaker's own downward spiral is as much the story as the actual crimes.

Page-to-screen translation is often problematic for one medium's inability to convey the experience of the other (e.g. "the book is better than the movie"). The layered darkness that inhabits Flynn's work is the primary hurdle here, and fans looking for a captivating mystery with Gone Girl's twists and turns will be disappointed. Fortunately, for those willing to soak in the experience, director Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies, Dallas Buyers Club) allows for the slow burn required to inhabit Flynn's deeply personal corners. (www.hbo.com/sharp-objects)

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