*I received a free screener copy to review, as well as promotional products. There was no compensation.
Christmas is next week. That means that many people will have an extended weekend. If you are finished with your holiday shopping and wrapping, and if there are no holiday parties to attend, what will you do with all that free time? Perhaps you’ll want to binge watch your favorite series, or dive into another series that you’ve been meaning to check out, but haven’t done so yet.
If you are interested in something to binge watch (or simply watch at your leisure), you should check out HBO’s Sharp Objects.
Sharp Objects is based on the book by the same name, written by Gillian Flynn. Gillian Flynn is the same author who wrote Gone Girl, which was also made into a movie.
Sharp Objects stars Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven.
I’m a fan of Amy Adams. I think she’s a good actress who is not always cast in the best of movies (she’s had a few “flops” along the way). I am also a fan of Patricia Clarkson after seeing her in Easy A. I have to admit that seeing her in Sharp Objects is polar opposite of her witty character in Easy A.
Amy Adams stars as Camille Preaker. She is a reporter working in St. Louis. She carries a lot of “baggage” including alcoholism, self harm and having to deal with the aftermath from a miserable childhood.
Camille’s editor assigns her to cover the murder of a teenage girl the previous summer, and the disappearance of another teenage girl. Could their be a connection between the two.
It just so happens that these events took place in the town where Camille grew up, Wind Gap, Missouri.
Camille is not too keen on the idea of returning to her home town. She does not have many happy memories from growing up there. She especially doesn’t want to see her mother, Adora Crellin (Clarkson), who still resides in Wind Gap, along with Camille’s younger sister Amma (Scanlen).
Life wasn’t always that bad growing up. Camille did enjoy skating around town on her roller skates, along with her other younger sister (who is no longer in the picture – I don’t want to give away all the series’ secrets).
Viewers get to see a lot of scenes involving roller skating. Even her youngest sister, Amma, uses roller skates to get around town.
I have to say that roller skating brings back fond memories for me. I went roller skating all the time with my cousins and my friends. Even though Camille’s childhood was back in the 90’s (and mine as the 80’s and late 70’s). I honestly didn’t think roller skating was a “thing” in the 90’s.
I used to skate for hours at a local roller skating rink. My friend and I would spend all day Saturday at the rink, roller skating, playing video games (while still wearing our skates), and noshing on French fries from the concession stand.
I find it interesting that Camille’s youngest sister, Amma, still uses roller skates. You’d think in this day and age she would be using roller blades or hitching rides with friends. I guess it’s because Wind Gap seems to work at a slower place. They are like their own little world.
Anyway… back to the story.
With each episode, viewers get a better understanding into the mind of Camille (and how messed up it is) through a series of flashbacks and present day. When I say “messed up” I really mean MESSED UP.
Camille’s mother, Adora, is “scary.” Not horror movie type of scary, but creepy, dark and “helter skelter,” kind of scary. Clarkson REALLY brings the character to life with her movements and facial expressions. Her character reminds me a lot like the mother and grandmother (combined) from the movie/book Flowers in the Attic. She does similar things too (I just won’t give it away what she does).
Camille is trying to help solve the murders, all while dealing with her own demons.
Will Camille find out who the killer is before he/she strikes again? Will she be able to come to terms with her own issues and find a way to move past them? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Sharp Objects. Look for it where ever Blu-rays/DVDs are sold.
I received a copy of the series to review, as well as the roller skates (featured above) and a bomber jacket, similar to the one worn on the show. How cool is that?
Sadly, the jacket is too small for me. I’m a plus size and the jacket i received is a medium. That’s OK because my daughter said she’ll take it (she’s a S/M size). It’s pictured below in this post.
I must say, the roller skates are a “blast from the past” and brought back a lot of fond memories from my youth. I felt like a kid again when I was lacing them up. Unfortunately, it’s been 30+ since I wore roller skates, so I’m still re-learning how to use them again. I nearly fell on my behind the first time I put them on. Thank goodness I was able to grab on to the couch.
I forgot just how heavy roller skates are. At first it felt like I attached weights to my feet, but once I got used to the feeling it was fine.
It’s going to take some time before I remember how to skate again. Plus I need to find somewhere that I can go roller skating (being winter doesn’t help). Our condo complex parking lot is a steep hill, so there is no way I’ll skate around the parking lot. I’ll go to one of the local parks when the weather is nicer.
I’ve only watched three episodes thus far. I am looking forward to finishing up the series this weekend. So far, so good. I am really enjoying the series.
I haven’t read the book, but watching the series is like reading a good book. When you read a good book it’s hard to put it down. Watching Sharp Objects really keeps my attention and interest, so much so that I want to watch another episode as soon as I finish watching one. Due to my work schedule I have only been able to watch one episode at a time, which is why I’m looking forward to the weekend so that I can finish watching all of the episodes.
The episodes I’ve seen so far are not jam-packed with high octane action. This is a psychological thriller, not Fast and the Furious. The story line is building up towards something, which is why I can’t wait to see the next episode.
I’ll update this review post as soon as I had a chance to see the remaining episodes.
For more information about Sharp Objects, episode synopsis and more, visit the HBO website.
Have you seen Sharp Objects on HBO? If so, what do you think about the series? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.
Below is a teaser trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener copy as well as branded/promotional products. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.