True Detective

True Detective Season 2 Review

It was a very tough act to follow season 1, since it was one of the best, most intriguing and remarkable works on television.  It included some of the best writing and most complex characters we have ever experienced.  Season 2 tries to stick to the same formula in regards to the characters, with each of the main 3 detectives and a criminal having their own personal issues in addition to the case/s they take on, in addition to throwing them in a hellhole in the town of Vinci in California, where everyone is more likely corrupt.

The cast is more or less perfectly chosen; from those that have just a couple episode cameos to the regulars of the show.  Colin Farrell shows greatness, his character’s portrayal is the best the season has to offer, and he is one of the reasons to watch the show, with a flawless performance throughout.  One step down the ladder is Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch, who also achieve great heights, only to leave Vince Vaughn a step further down,  with what is a half decent performance, that won’t be remembered.

In terms of the story and how it developed, I have to say, it was quite pleasing as they took a neo-noir direction disregarding the hard-core detective work that led to them chasing a ghost all around the local area, which we saw in season 1 and opted for more gruesome interrogating, and a bit more violence, kind of a first shoot then ask questions approach.  It continues in a similar way to season 1, with slow paced development to the investigation and the unhurried dialogue that is sometimes a bit hard to comprehend.

As I said in my review of the first episode of the season, this feels like a true cop show, with the detectives not being invincible heroes, but real human beings with problems, and of course they try to over-dramatize them to get the most out of it, but without stripping the characters from their integrity and authenticity.

Not as good as the first season, but closer than you’d think if you keep expectations at a normal level.

8/10

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True Detective Season 2 Premiere Review

From the first evidence, this seems to be an even darker themed season than the previous one. With perplexing characters that aren’t in the mood to let the whisky down and continuously make questionable decisions. We probably need more to go on, in order to fully understand them and their actions, however we’ve got enough to be intrigued.

Colin Farrell portrays Ray, a character that for those that watched the first season, looks to be more than a loose cannon than what McConaughey’s Rust was. By that, the clear assumption is Farrell had his work cut out for this one but from this first look he delivered, hopefully the great performances continue until the end. The same holds for the all the members of the great cast which includes, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch. Judging by that it should be a great watch.

There is again the feeling of watching a true cop show, maybe even more than before, with the cops/detectives not being invincible heroes, but real human beings with problems and obstacles than need to be overcome. Maybe over-dramatizing them slightly, nevertheless without removing their integrity and authenticity.

The episode, continues along the lines of slow pace, and all it gives for the most part are unconnected dots and disjointed characters and plot. However in the final minutes, just when you start wondering what the heck is going on, you start to put the dots together and everything starts to make a bit of sense; and we are off, already anticipating the next episode.

Many have posed the question: Can this be as good as the first season? And although the final verdict will come after the last episode, one can only be optimistic from this first taste.

8/10

Most anticipated 2015

5. Hannibal-Season 3

The high point in which Season 2 ended.  It was Mads Mikkelsonthe most thrilling of finales and even though we thought we already knewwhat was going to happen, based on the flash-forward we were shown in the first episode of the season, it appeared that we didn’t know half of it.  It’s interesting to see what Hannibal does next as the ending last year made it feel like the end of a chapter.  The biggest unanswered question is who is chasing Hannibal this season? if you catch my drift.  Looking forward to some gory gore.  “Mmm…delicious”…and that.

4. True Detective-Season 2

This one doesn’t need much explaining.  Amazing first season true-detectivewith the best possible cast, something that seems to be continued, even though it will be hard to replicate McConaughey’s sensational performance. we can only hope for another equally good season, but if it’s even half as good as the first we are in for another suspenseful nail biter.

3. The Hateful Eight

A Quentin Tarantino project that was apparently not gonna see the hateful eightthe light of day; after the script got leaked it seemed that Tarantino had decided to put it back on the shelf.  However after the pleadings of fans Quentin will do as the favor.  No doubt this will be another one to add to the collection of amazing movies that we have become accustomed to from the genius writer/director. If it gets released this year.

2. Mr. Sherlock

I don’t know much about this movie, other mr holmesthan Holmes is old and not at his best intellectually nor physically, and I don’t want to nor do I need to know anything else.  The mere thought, that I will have the opportunity to see Sir Ian McKellen portray one of my favorite characters feels me with joy and excitement. Maybe he will manage to win that Academy Award that has evaded him for so long.

1. Star Wars-The Force Awakens

The most obvious of choices.  However I reckon this doesn’t require much explaining, does it? Lightsabers. Blasters. Space adventures. The Force. John Williams’ music. Everything we have come to adore.  —   Need I say more?                                    Indulge:                                                                  star wars the force awakens