By: Shawn Gakhal – Senior Staff Reporter
“True Detective,” HBO’s dynamic new TV show, is less about the crime and more about the stunning and enticing contrast between the two lead characters.
Created by Louisiana native Nic Pizzolatto, “True Detective” features Hollywood heavyweights Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as gritty Louisiana State Police homicide detectives.
The plot revolves around multiple timelines as McConaughey and Harrelson track down a serial killer in the aforementioned state over the course of 17 years.
Described as an American anthology series — similar to Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” series — each season will reportedly feature a new cast along with an original story.
Aside from the crime drama appeal, it is the show’s main characters who are worth watching, McConaughey in particular. Martin Hart (Harrelson) has a wife and two kids, while his partner Rustin Cohle (McConaughey) only has his career to breathe for.
It may seem as though that particular character dynamic has been done before, but from terrific writing in the script to McConaughey’s absolutely riveting acting, everything about these characters appears to be placed with perfect precision.
I cannot understate McConaughey’s acting skills, as he puts on such a spectacular performance that you can actually feel parts of his character.
The show’s setting also adds to the appeal. It is shot in the vast, open country lands in South Louisiana, which lends the show a certain kind of Gothic feel to its tangential apparatus.
The show’s pace is certainly slow, but rewarding, as you get to consume every disconcerting line, every frantic look and every haunting dreamscape picture made to wow us in one flash on the camera.
I don’t want to spoil anything regarding the show, because the satisfaction of being truly surprised, in this day and age, is truly rare and underrated.
Just do yourself a favor and watch “True Detective.” You will not be disappointed.