Since the time we got to hear about ‘True Detective’, we were all very excited by the whole prospect of it and at the same time a little indifferent towards it. Excited because of the powerhouse of a cast that True Detective has to boast of, and yet indifferent, since it seemed like one of those typical crime shows about missing girls, a serial killer on loose, drugs etc. But just to keep you hooked to this review, let us tell you something: Our indifference towards the show sure did cloud our judgment, but only for a fraction of a second.
And it’s very ironical that when I was watching ‘Breaking Bad’ a few months back, its finale made it certain that television shows cannot get better than this. But then Writer, Nic Pizollatto (Writer For 3 Episodes Of The Much-Acclaimed TV Show, ‘The Killing’) came along with True Detective.
True Detective is a dark, somber TV Show with rustic overtones with stellar performances that are class apart backed with the fine work of Director; Cary Joji Fukunaga (Director Of the critically acclaimed ‘Jane Eyre’ Starring Michael Fassbender) who has beautifully complemented all of these overtones by capturing all the tension, emotion and even the slightest of subtleties in the script and showcasing it with ease and perfection.
True Detective Stars Matthew McConaughey as Rustin Cohle and Woody Harellson as Martin Hart in the lead roles, who were CID Detectives for the state of Louisiana and have been called in for questioning for a supposedly ‘occult’ murder case they had solved way back in 1995.
The questioners, who are serving police detectives themselves believe that, their case in ’95 may somehow be related to a recent killing of similar nature in 2012 and accuse the now Ex-detectives of never having caught the killer and believe that there is a bigger conspiracy being hatched and that there is more than what meets the eye.
True Detective is one those few shows which questions religion and the society in general ‘confidently’. The show compels you to think and question your very own morality and is packed with so much content that even 1 hour falls short to absorb it all in from just a single episode.
It is tinged with horror all the way and the provocative non-linear time shifts between 2012 and 1995 have been done so effortlessly and seamlessly that it makes such an unconventional TV Show seem like any other mainstream show for the mainstream audience. Such is the ingenuity possessed by this show. And if you would remember movies like the ‘The Prestige’ Or ‘Memento’ you would surely understand what non-linear storytelling means and that is one form of narration we hugely appreciate.
The show’s creepy and dull imagery somehow manages to delve deep into our mind which can be eerily diverting yet never fails to satisfy the hunger for brain food.
The characters and their characterization takes time to build up yet holds a firm direction but we just don’t know where its headed towards and that’s what makes this show so highly engrossing and addictive.
Somewhat like the Character Of Tyler Durden in the movie ‘Fight Club’
For instance, In 95′ Detective Rustin Cohle is shown as a man of integrity who doesn’t drink but, Enter 2012; and he’s a complete disheveled mess who starts drinking in the afternoon itself that too on a weekday.
How Did that Happen? Well, these are some of the Many Questions Which You Truly Wish to Know the Answers to during the course of the show.
And more then anything, what elevates True Detective above most TV Shows is its performances.
Matthew McConaughey as Rust Plays his character with such calm subtlety and conviction that it’s almost too good to be true and looses himself completely in the character. On a personal note, I feel this is McConaughey’s Best Performance So far. Even beating his portrayal as the Texan hustler waging war against AIDS and the FDA of the USA in the movie ‘Dallas Buyer’s Club’ which by the way also won him his first ever Academy Award For the Best Actor in A Leading Role.
Woody Harellson As Marty May Surely seem a little overshadowed by McConaughey who’s hit an all time career high but even then Harellson rises above everything and comes at par with McConaughey in terms of a magnanimous performance.
I mean, Woody is good or rather great at WHATEVER he does and this particular role of his cements this fact even more.
In Terms of Writing Nic Pizzollato Hasn’t refrained himself at all from breathlessly explaining his views on worldly issues and issues pertaining to character or morality which otherwise would be considered as either a taboo or as pessimistic by the society at large. It this very sense of audacity that he’s brought in his style of writing that keeps the viewer engrossed.
The show is also riddled with one liners and at times even the most boring one liners sound like symphony to our ears owing to McConaughey’s Texan drawl, which he uses so effortlessly to enhance his dialogue delivery.
True Detective is easily on its way to the list of some of the best TV shows ever owing to its brilliantly crafted characters and timeline.
Obvious credit has to go to Cary Fukunaga who for not even once lost the true essence of the show or let it get overpowered by the plot and especially the cast which it has to boast of.
By the end you’ll be riddled with dangling threads and it will surely frustrate you a bit and the slow build up to the story can also be a pretty big put-off at times but again, Patience Is the Answer to All Mysteries and Tragedies of Life and It Aptly applies to this as well.
So Patience is all that this show demands and you’ll be handsomely rewarded in the end.
Also Nic mentioned in the very beginning in his many interviews that True Detective is “Not Your Typical Clichéd Catch-The Serial-Killer Kind of a story.”
Even Though To many of us including me it may seem so because of the typical elements it has of that of a crime show.
But True Detective as We Conclude, is all about characters through and through and not much about the plot; Because, Come on. Let’s face it.
It’s the characters which ultimately make or break the show and for those of you who belong to the plot oriented lot, we suggest you watch something like CSI because true detective is not your show since True Detective is in a class of its own and is well on its way to become one of the pinnacles of TV Shows and that’s here to stay for a long time to come.
It is a show that can’t be missed and asks for your undivided attention and patience. Both of which you’ll unknowingly end up giving to it and get completely lost in the dark and mystical world of True Detective which has been created by such genius and unconventional writers and directors and not to mention, brilliant production and location designers too.
By the end you’ll be begging for more and could be cursing the very same creators as to – ‘ Why 8 episodes only? ‘ (We’re still reeling from the shock to be honest.)
So like we’ve implied and indicated earlier, we suggest that you Go and Watch it today because you just can’t afford to miss this one and trust us when we say it because you will not regret it AT ALL.