Social Isolation Review: “Sharp Objects”

By Morgan Roberts

Want to feel deeply anxious and maybe a little depressed?  Look no further than HBO’s miniseries “Sharp Objects.” Amy Adams stars as crime reporter Camille Preaker.  Camille comes back to her small Missouri hometown after a second teenage girl is found murdered.

But coming home comes with more than just trying to cover and solve the murders of two young girls.  Camille is once again with her mother, Adora (Patricia Clarkson) and spending time with her younger half-sister Amma (Eliza Scanlen).  While she sorts through her past and her relationship with her family, she also tries working in tandem with Detective Richard Willis (Chris Messina) who has been called in from Kansas City to help with the investigation.

“Above all, “Sharp Objects” is one of the most well-acted series from HBO.  Every person brought their A-game…Adams is clearly the star of the show. Amy Adams can do no wrong. She still needs her Oscar.”

I am a true crime fan and burned through this series.  Once you know where all of the pieces fit, it is an interesting rewatch to see all of the clues you missed along the way.  On top of the criminal element, the series focuses heavily on mental health. Camille is a functioning alcoholic, drinking vodka straight from an Evian bottle – which is super metal.  Camille has a history of self-harm and hospital treatment for her mental health. So, if that content is triggering, you might want to tread lightly with this material.

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Amy Adams in Sharp Objects (2018) © HBO

Above all, “Sharp Objects” is one of the most well-acted series from HBO.  Every person brought their A-game. Scanlen says so much with saying so little. Clarkson is devilishly good as the worst mother known to man. Messina also gives a great turn as a detective who could easily be written off but gives depth to him and his motives.  Adams is clearly the star of the show. Amy Adams can do no wrong. She still needs her Oscar.

““Sharp Objects” is a wild, twisting road… If true crime is your thing…now is the time to hunker down for this bonkers ride.”

In “Sharp Objects,” Adams is unabashed as this tremendously broken woman. But she also shows her resilience, her drive, and validates the scars from Camille’s past. She humanizes Camille, and shows not just her broken parts but how she has put herself back together. That back together isn’t perfect, but Adams shows no judgment for how someone needs to make themselves whole again.

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Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, and Eliza Scanlen in Sharp Objects (2018) © Fox/HBO

“Sharp Objects” is a wild, twisting road. One minute you think you understand the situation or the characters, and the next, you are completely second-guessing everything you believe.  If true crime is your thing, and you happened to miss this miniseries – or want to rewatch it – now is the time to hunker down for this bonkers ride.

Available now on HBO.

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