Review of True Detective

Sundays, 9:00 PM ET on HBO

60 minutes

An anthology crime drama created by Nic Pizzolatto, the first season stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as Louisiana State Police homicide detectives tracking a serial killer over 17 years. In Season 2, starring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch, three officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California.
Dec 3, 2015 10:58PM EST

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An intense and well-written drama, this slightly unique take on a murder mystery became a true masterpiece before the first season even ended. Well-rounded and complex characters, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) & Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) are two Louisiana State Police detectives who are introduced to the audience first in their 'present day' selves reflecting on a case that they had been assigned almost 20 years prior in 1995. Thinking that the case had been solved all those years ago, the audience begins to see that the two detectives are no longer in contact with each other and slowly see that the case may have not been solved, but that the killer is still at large. Haunting visuals and twisted imagery really suck the viewer into the twisted world of the killer, primarily through the brilliant acting of McConaughey. This is truly a show that cannot be described further without giving too much away and requires you to watch it from beginning to end (binge watching, yay!). As for its second season, which is an entirely different series of characters and story, it pales in comparison to its predecessor. To some people, including myself, I personally wished I skipped it. A lot could be said that the second season failed to meet expectations due to the departure of season one director, Cary Fukunaga. His visionary directing is what really captured the essence of the characters and the cinematography. At the time of this review, there is confirmation from the series producer that there is to be a season three and hopefully they can learn from their mistakes to get the series back on track.


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