I really wasn’t planning to post about Sharp Objects; not because I didn’t love it (I did), but because once again I’m late to the bandwagon (by 12 years).
However, after watching the premier of the HBO mini-series last night, I was COMPLETELY blown away. I'm almost always disappointed by on-screen adaptations (isn't everyone?), but this series is one of those rare accurate portrayals, and I couldn't be more impressed. I have so many questions and ideas floating around in my brain that I need to get some thoughts on…
Novel [+ Episode] Thoughts:
1. Either Gillian Flynn is an alcoholic, or she is one of the most gifted writers I've had the pleasure of reading... and I don't think its the first one. Time-and-time again she writes about the struggles of substance abuse in her characters with astounding clarity and attention to detail, and I couldn't be more impressed each & every time.
2. Amma looks kind of old. *Texts mom asking for self-photo at age 13*
3. I still can’t distinguish the good from the bad. Is Camille good? (okay, yes, I’ll give you that one) Is Detective Foxy bad? What about Amma, her weird step-father, or that teenager Camille seemed especially interested in? The jury is still out.
4. Conrad Grayson as Alan?!?!?! Doesn’t seem like the right fit for this charismatic sociopath to play a socially inept WEIRDO. I’ll be watching you, Mr. Grayson.
My biggest deduction is that this mini series is a literal retelling of the book. Gillian Flynn had a huge part in making it, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. In these days of incredibly liberal retellings (Ready Player One, It) it’s rare to find a film adaptation this spot-on. Not just that… it makes some parts of the book even better.
Example: Each episode title is one of the words carved onto her body. This was such a simple yet ingenious idea; it puts more emphasis on each of the words, which is difficult because there really is so many of them.
This entire episode leaves me no choice but to assume Gillian Flynn has secretly been planning this in the back of her mind since the day she wrote it. It’s so clear that this episode has been 10 years in the making. I am exceptionally optimistic for the rest of this series; if the next episodes are even half as good as this first one was, Sunday is officially my new favorite night of the week.