TV Review: True Detective

The wasteland noir of True Detective is many things at once — an enthralling murder mystery about history, culture, and heroic character; a tour de force for stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. But simply and deeply, it is a story about two men telling a story. Rust Cohle (McConaughey) is a hollowed-out cynic who works four days a week and spends the other three drinking himself numb. Martin Hart (Harrelson) is a healthy-living P.I. whose Bible Belt faith and family-man wisdom belie so much bulls---. Both were once detectives — and for seven years, partners — and the tale they have to tell concerns a journey into gravely dark woods, literally and metaphorically. The more they talk, the more we understand who they are and how they came to be. The more they talk, the more we wonder how much of what they're saying is true.

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