movie review; True Detective; murder mystery; Woody Harrelson; Matthew McConaughey

Media Monday — True Detective

The hubster and I picked this up after hearing the rave reviews about this short, 8-episode series. Boy, were those rave reviews ever right! Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey hit this one out of the park with their portrayals of Detectives Marty Hart and Rust Cohle. As a mystery writer, the plotline had me hooked–mix it up with the characters of Marty and Rust and you’ve got a gripping psychological thriller that goes far beyond just the whodunit.

Set across the state of Louisiana, the gist is this–a young woman is found dead, posed, with ritualistic offerings left around and on her body.  The detectives work to solve her murder, and discover not only a deeper, more despicable evil, but secrets about themselves as well.

What was most interesting to me was the way the story unfolded.  After the 3d (or maybe 4th) epiosode, we then flash 17 years into the future, where we meet up with Marty and Rust again.  There has been a similar murder, and they’re brought in to answer questions about what they discovered.  As they’re questioned, the rest of the story unfolds.

Harrelson and McConaughey both do stellar jobs in their “before and after” sessions, with McConaughey’s change in appearance being the most surprising.

The only part about True Detective I didn’t care for was the gratuitous sex scenes.  I am by NO means a prude, but if we’re going to have a pretty vivid sex scene (or set of them), then it needs to further the plot.  Something needs to happen in that encounter that makes it worth showing, and with the exception of one (it was a major plot point, so I won’t go into it), it just didn’t happen.

Other than that small quibble, this was damned close to a perfect 8 hours of viewing pleasure.  We’ll be picking up the DVDs so we can watch it again, and pick up anything we might have missed.