Just a couple words on the TV series True Detective, now out on DVD: It’s great. Television has gotten really good, and HBO puts out an outstanding viewing experience in most cases. Matthew McConaughey won the Best Actor Oscar for Dallas Buyer’s Club, but I actually think his performance was more compelling in True Detective. And last year’s Mud also brought him plenty of accolades as well. McConaughey plays one of the detectives, Rust Cohle, and the other, Marty Hart, is inhabited by Woody Harrelson. There are only 8 episodes, and most binge watchers can breeze through that in a weekend. But whether you watch them all at once or savor them gradually, you are in for a fun ride.
True Detective is part crime drama, part buddy movie, part mystery, part drama. It boasts of an engaging screenplay by series creator, Nic Pizzolatto. The characters are excruciatingly well-defined – McConaughey and Harrelson have jumped right in to become those characters. This is a show not to miss.
The buzz is that Season 2 will have three new actors playing the leads and will take place somewhere in California.
Which reminds me – just a bit on Season 1. The location is Louisiana, and the story takes place over 17 years. There’s a serial killer, and they’re trying to catch him/her.
Thanks, television, for getting so good. It’s a gift and a curse. The gifts are storylines and characterizations that develop over hours and hours of viewing; the curse is that you might not always get your laundry done. Watch True Detective. Well worth it. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
DVD Release Date: 6/10/14