When it was announced a new cop drama was hitting the airwaves starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, I had to do a double take. Both movie stars have been doing quite well in recent years on the big screen, especially McConaughey just coming off Dallas Buyers Club. Not too often that movie stars move from big screen success to the small screen. The resulting series sent critics into a glorious roar praising True Detective as one of the best cop shows ever. It is now available for your binge watching pleasure on Blu-ray and DVD.
True Detective chronicles the lives of two detectives, Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson) over a two decade hunt for a serial killer preying on Louisiana residents.
When I first started watching True Detective I wasn’t sure what to think. It is slow paced (not necessarily a bad thing) and is very dark (also not bad). The two main characters are very flawed and not particularly likable. As a matter of fact, not many characters in the entire series are likable. And no one seems distinctly bad or good either. This show is all about the shades of grey. The thing is, even though I was unsure of whether I liked the show or not, I kept watching. By the end of the show I was impressed by its technical achievements, it is beautifully filmed with some amazing camerawork, but I was overall left feeling indifferent to it. Until some time passed. I started thinking about the show more often now that it was over, and reading other people’s views on the show and what it meant, what was between the lines. Eventually I was actually drawn to go back and look at it again and I now appreciate the show in a whole different way. And to watch it the second time on Blu-ray was a treat as well since the show is visually stunning and almost flawless in hi def. It is definitely a unique animal and one that needs thorough dissection. I am pretty excited for Season Two now and hope very much the rumors of Brad Pitt’s involvement are true.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.