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Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 10:30PM EDT
Sharp Objects was the perfect #MeToo era series, busting the myth of the pure victim
"In real life, one bad thing happens, and more bad things follow," says Emily Peck. "And Sharp Objects chases this idea right up until its closing credits, when the true horror of what Adora has done makes itself known. It’s an idea that resonates in this moment, perhaps more than any other, as victims of sexual harassment, abuse and assault come forward with their stories ― and then face backlash when it’s revealed that, well, they’re not perfect. Ultimately, no one escapes trauma without damage, without scars — literal ones in Camille’s case. Not all victims harm only themselves. Monsters aren’t born; they’re created, as Sharp Objects shows us."
- What did Gillian Flynn mean when she tweeted "more soon"?
- Sharp Objects got women right: "We love each other, but we hurt each other, too, with a knowingness no man can really understand," says Lindsey Romain
- Production designer John Paino reveals the inspiration for the Preaker mansion and dollhouse
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 3:09PM EDT
Sharp Objects' final scene made the frustrating series great because it avoided the "offputting cuteness" of other limited series finales
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"There’s an offputting cuteness toward the end of some of the most acclaimed short-run dramas, a sudden-onset finale instinct to wrap everything up on a good note," says Darren Franich, referring to everything from True Detective to Fargo. But with its nasty, brutish and short ending, Sharp Objects went in a different direction. "I didn’t always love Sharp Objects, will always wonder if it would’ve been twice as good half as long," says Franich. "But the final moments ascended to greatness by, paradoxically, descending toward B-movie cheap thrills: A cadaverous DIY art project, a redemption exploded, that climactic 'Don’t tell Mama!' suggesting the crowdpleasing catchphrase in a family sitcom broadcast straight from Hell. You’re left with one twisted epiphany."
- A finale should come with closure: Sharp Objects ended with too many questions left
- Sharp Objects managed to be one of the year's most daring and complex shows without begging for attention like other prestige TV shows
- In the end, Sharp Objects was able to have its cake and eat it too
- Why Sharp Objects isn't just another "Dead Girl Show" like Twin Peaks, Veronica Mars and The Killing
- The last 10 seconds made the entire series frustrating, undoing the majority of the season
- Led Zeppelin's lyrics teased the twist from the very beginning
- The ending reads as if the show has given up on making sense of its own plot
- The twist ending felt cheap and the finale felt unearned
- Director Jean-Marc Vallée explains why he went with that shock ending
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 7:52AM EDT
Sharp Objects wanted its finale to avoid being too explanatory and too expository
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Creator Marti Nixon says "we were trying to honor the emotion of reading the book," but the ending "was something we all struggled with." Author Gillian Flynn adds: "It was a really tricky balance because what feels correct in the book doesn’t always have the same balance on the screen — you can explain more on the page and get away with it." Asked how people who didn't read the book would have a different view of the ending, Noxon says: "I think that anything is up for grabs, but to me it just came down to the emotional truth of this story, which is that for these women — Amma, Adora, and Camille — you can change your reaction to the past, but you can’t change the past."
- On the post-credits ending, Flynn notes that with DVRs "you have an opportunity to go back and look for it a second time"
- Patricia Clarkson on playing Adora Crellin: "The depth and breadth of this character in eight parts, the exploration, and the complicated persona and the façade—and the crumbling of the façade—was very demanding"
Posted Saturday 7/07/18 at 10:36AM EDT
Sharp Objects represents a new benchmark for TV about women -- and a rejoinder to True Detective's inherent misogyny
On most male-focused crime shows like True Detective, the most important women are the dead ones, says Willa Paskin. But HBO's Sharp Objects, based on Gillian Flynn's first novel, is a reminder that women can do anything. "This is an overdue development, spurred, perhaps, by recent events finally revealing to male executives just how dark the female experience has always been," says Paskin. "It seems to me to be a necessary next step, advancing the parameters of 'prestige' to include female creators—not just female characters—who are permitted to be as dark and serious as men, with the full and robust backing of a major network and its marketing department. But Sharp Objects also seems to me to be utterly burdened by the clichés of prestige TV—if very likely to reap all of that format’s awards."
- Sharp Objects turns out to be something much darker and more ambitious than your average whodunit
- It's reminiscent of Season 2 of Westworld, except it offers more immediate gratification
- Sharp Objects is an experimental viewing experience, slowly burning its way to a climax rather than throwing all the detective work in your face
- Sharp Objects proves that a two-hour movie just can’t compete with an eight-hour series for creating a layered, complicated world
- Sharp Objects is the scuzziest, sweatiest, booziest drama of the summer -- but suffers from "a getting-the-hell-to-the-point problem"
- Labeling Sharp Objects a small-town mystery or a crime thriller feels a bit like false advertising
- Amy Adams is tremendous in her role -- your attention never wavers from her
- Adams says it was necessary to have a TV drama that delved into women's rage
- Gillian Flynn worried that a film adaptation of her novel would lose the character study: "To me, Sharp Objects was a character study hidden inside of a mystery. It was as much of a who-is-she as a whodunit."
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 5:25PM EDT
HBO's Sharp Objects gets an official trailer
The eight-part psychological thriller starring Amy Adams from Marti Noxon based on Gillian Flynn's book of the same name premieres on July 8.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
HBO sets summer premiere date for Sharp Objects starring Amy Adams
The Gillian Flynn limited series kicks off its eight episode run on Sunday, July 8.
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
HBO teases Sharp Objects starring Amy Adams
Source: Just Jared
Adams plays a reporter who returns to her hometown after a grisly murder in the drama based on the Gillian Flynn book that premieres in July.
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
Amazon orders a remake of Britain's Utopia from Gillian Flynn
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Gone Girl author will serve a showrunner for Utopia, which HBO originally ordered to series four years ago before running into problems. The original Utopia aired on Britain's Channel 4 in 2013 and 2014. It is described as a show about "a group of young adults who meet online and are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization."
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 7:07PM EST
Check out the first images of Gillian Flynn’s HBO series Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams
The Gone Girl author’s new series has Adams playing a crime reporter who returns to her hometown after being released from a psychiatric hospital.