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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by brebeans, Mar 10, 2015.
^^^This pretty much nails it for me.
It's enjoyable enough to keep watching.
I like the acting, but it's much to "stylized" (over-directed) for my taste. It's as though the director is saying "look at what I can do". I much prefer straight-forward story telling and directing for this type of show. Also, while the main plot is fine they are moving in the direction of adding too many side plots that will not only detract from the story but make it that much more difficult to follow.
I'm going to watch a couple of more episodes in the hope it "settles down".
We hoped there was going to be a different crime each week, however, it looks like the whole series is just this one. We bailed half way into the second ep as they were getting too detailed with too many characters. BTW, Hutton needs to run a comb through his hair at least once. he looks like hell.
I'm really enjoying this series. Each personality is unpeeled layer by layer to reveal their multi-faceted and even nuanced character. Just when you think you know what cliched box to put each character into, something is revealed to make it not so. Much more complex story telling than typical for network TV.
Felicity Huffman is excellent in portraying a completely repellant, cold figure. Even if you can't stand her, it is interesting seeing how she got to this place.
Timothy Hutton's portrayal of a guy who has lost it and is trying to pull it back together and now his son is murdered is moving. Can't help but root for him as his ex-wife grinds him under her heel.
I'm looking forward to seeing the development of all the characters. Kind of doubting that I can predict, even if it looks familiar to begin with.
Who knows, maybe I'll like Barb Hanlon by the time it's over? (Nah...)
Good review, and I pretty much agree. I find the writing and acting to be very compelling and moving.
My only beef is with the stylized quick-cut editing, such as when the junkie girlfriend woke up under the bridge after being raped and dumped after taking the drugs in the nightclub.
I disagree. The wife's mom is the stereotype. Grieving, praying, that's it. Huffman's character is the squeaky wheel advocating for her child. She's aggressive.
I liked the first two eps.
Ahh.. I was told it was a UK production -- like House of Cards. Thanks for the "correction".
Sorry, I don't think there's a secrets & lies thread..
Hmm, just checked imdb. The original version was 6 episodes, the U.S. one is 10.
There is at least one secrets & lies thread. Do a title search on either word.
Watched 2nd episode. Nuked OP.
I think people would say that The Slap and Secrets & Lies are "soapier". I wouldn't necessarily disagree.. "American Crime" also just feels depressing, whereas the others are dramas to watch.
Me too. Thought it would be great but not for me.
At first, I thought they were brilliant at developing the characters. Now, it's just painfully, monotonously slow and dark. I can't take this show any more.
I couldn't say it better!
I felt that way after the 2nd ep.
deleted my sp
I'm FFing through the episodes because I'd like to see how it gets worked out. It is the same thing I did through "The Slap".
Good idea. And, yes, I felt the same way about The Slap. I toughed it out to the last episode.
Anyone still watching? I still like this show. All the different characters, and their own POV's all conflicting.
Would someone please hand Tim Hutton hair brush. You want a job, do something with that mange on your head.
I've got 4 unwatched episodes and can't bring myself to watch for the screechingly annoying desperate housewife. Besides that there just doesn't quite seem to be a story behind it that sparks even the slightest bit of interest in me.
I am! I was wondering if it was just me.
I liked when it hit her that she might be racist.
The scenes with the fiance are interesting. She really went in guns blazing. Hard to imagine meeting your future mother in law like that.
I'm pretty sure Aubrey shot Matt (did I get the right brother?)
Aubrey's brother (are they full siblings? I had it in my head she was their foster daughter) really did abuse her, I think.
Do yourself a favor: go watch the Australian version on Netflix. It takes some very different turns and is much more compelling.