Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Writers: Ariella Blejer, Gillian Flynn, Dawn Kamoche, Marti Noxon, Scott Brown, Vince Calandra, Alex Metcalf
Staring: Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen
Streaming: HBO Max
Release Date: 2018

“A reporter confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder.

Amy Adams. Damn. You can act. Also, Patricia Clarkson…you evil bitch.

We have to start with Adora Crellin (Patricia Clarkson), the mother of Camille Preaker (Amy Adams). These two actresses give absolutely standout performances. If I had to give the edge to one in terms of performance, the scale tips towards Clarkson. She is able to convey so much evil in such a soft spoken way. The sit down between Adora and Camille on the porch of her home and a mother tells her daughter that she never loved her…it is soul crushing.

Adams was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2019 Emmy Awards and she was joined by Patricia Clarkson in the Supporting Actress category. Another one of the nine Emmy nominations is David Rubin for Outstanding Casting in the Limited Series and the key to that nomination is nailing the selection of Eliza Scanlen as Amma Crellin.

Crellin has all most sides to her in the movie having to play two visible personalities while illuminating scarier subconscious emotions. She is maniac but always in control till her life choices and lifestyle starts strangling her possibilities.

The twist at the end of the show is good. It got me. If you have seen it then you know. If not, watch it and experience it.

A couple last note to anyone who plans on watching Sharp Objects. 1.) It is filmed very uniquely by Jean-Marc Vallée with lots of flashbacks and sudden cuts. It is tough to be on your phone during this movie. 2.) Sharp Objects is very hard to binge. It is HEAVY stuff.

Can we talk about how HBO doesn’t miss when it comes to miniseries? They seriously dominate the genre. A quick power rankings of those I have seen…my top five:

  • Chernobyl (2019)
  • Band Of Bothers (2001)
  • Watchmen (2020)
  • Mare Of Easttown (2021)
  • Sharp Objects (2018)

STANKO RATING: B+ (4.0/5 Stars)


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