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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 8/13/18 at 9:39PM EDT
How Sharp Objects landed four Led Zeppelin songs
Showrunner Jean-Marc Vallée was rejected by the legendary band for the use of one song for his 2011 movie Café de Flore. So when he approached Jimmy Page and Robert Plant for Sharp Objects, "we went for four tracks, and we sold the idea to them that they will be the sound of this series, so of course that was something special and different.... We sent the script and very specific descriptions of how we’re using their music, and the in-scape element coming from Alice. And it worked." Vallée also admits having a backup plan to go with another rock band. ALSO: Vallée and music supervisor Susan Jacobs explain the clues in the soundtrack.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
Sharp Objects premiere viewership was bigger than Big Little Lies
About 1.5 million watched the premiere of the Amy Adams-starring HBO limited series, which was HBO's most-watched debut since Westworld in 2016. Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies have been compared to each other since they both are female-fronted series starring big-name movie actresses. They also share the same director and executive producer, Jean-Marc Vallée.
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."