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True Detective “The Long Bright Dark” Review (1×01)

13 Jan

o-TRUE-DETECTIVE-TRAILER-facebookTelevision these days is overrun with generic cop shows, shows that send out a buddy cop team each week to solve a crime in 60 minutes. We also have a bunch of serial killer shows, shows that attempt to explore the depths of the criminals, but end up reveling in grotesque violence and shocking twists. True Detective seems to just be a mash-up of those two genres, but it really isn’t.

The show is all about attention to detail, whether it be through the character interactions or the general atmosphere. It’s a world that draws you in, and the directorial touches and cinematography create an intoxicating, compelling environment. Of course, the most intriguing aspect of the show is the central Hart-Cohle relationship, played brilliantly by Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, respectively. The great thing about it is that, while both are fantastic in their own right, they’re both as intriguing as they are because of the other person. McConaughey and Harrelson play off each other very well, whether it be in the car discussions where Hart’s playing the role of a disapproving dad of sorts or when Cohle shows up drunk at the dinner, where we can see the sympathy–without much knowledge of his past–extended toward him by Hart.

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