I'm so damn addicted!
No spoilers - I'm catching up to the most recent episode, but oh my gosh Matthew McConaughey is mesmerizing! For those who have no idea, this show is about two Louisiana State Police detectives who were investigating a serial killer in 1995. The show is framed around current day interviews with the two detectives who are obviously no longer on the job. They are being interviewed about the case (separately) because supposedly all the files and records were destroyed in a hurricane. The then-and-now intertwines and intermingles and soon you realize there is more going on here. The acting is phenomenal, the writing is airtight, and the photography is stunning. I haven't been this excited about television since The Sopranos.
A couple of friends at work told me I needed to watch this show: "It's the most tightly written show I've ever seen!", one said. The other told me she's had to watch episodes a couple of times to catch everything. I find this to be true. I'm so caught up with the photography, the scenery, and the filters they're using I miss dialogue.
It is just so Louisiana. My friend said, "That's what is so cool about it. It IS Louisiana; it's the flower in the swamp."
From Shane Ryan at Paste:
This is McConaughey in long hair, beat down by life, trying to convince himself and the detectives interviewing him that whatever state he finds himself in is a kind of “victory”; he knows himself, he says, after years of toil he has resolved that he’s a drunk living in the middle of nowhere, waiting for death. But the charisma of this man … this is where words begin to fail, if they haven’t already. McConaughey is almost too goddam massive for the screen. Watching him act, as latter-day Rust, is one of the most intense experiences I’ve ever had with TV. He’s beaten-down, but he can’t hide the life force that struggles to emerge. The medium can barely contain him; he belongs in a spaceship among alien beings. There’s something bursting out, and when he delivers certain lines—“start asking the right fucking questions,” for one—the experience is so visceral your own blood starts to pound. And Fukunaga, who, thank God, is directing all eight episodes, knows the weapon at his disposal. He lets the camera linger on Rust’s face at length, allowing McConaughey to dance from emotion to emotion with a word, with an expression. Working in tandem, they only need a moment to devastate.
I'm kind of like this reviewer: I'm almost speechless about this show.
If you aren't watching this show, get HBO, find a friend with HBO, something, but watch. It's amazing. But don't leave any spoilers in the comments if you're already watching! I'm going now to get all caught up.