So last night I finished Form and Void the final episode of the first season of True Detective and I wanted to talk about here. I don't know if anyone else here is watching it but I just kind of wanted to post my thoughts.
It's a good show. I'd say it's a solid A show. I don't think it's as well written or paced as say Breaking Bad or The Sopranos but what really made me fall in love with the show is the transformation of Matthew McConaughey from this sort of Ken Doll guy from Sahara to probably the best actor on television.
I didn't see Dallas Texas Buyers Club so perhaps that's why his amazing performance here caught me off guard but I've been scratching my head trying to think of an Actor that went from being a punchline on SNL to being someone who I think should win the Emmy for Lead Actor. I really think that his performance as Rusty Cohle has been that good. It's amazing to watch a guy who previous to this shows , best performance was in Dazed And Confused out act Woody Harrelson.
I recommend the show. I think it's an incredibly interesting take ont he old police procedural and I also think Rusty Cohle is a very interesting statement on modern day american culture because of how different he is from other lead police officer. He's much more intelligent and well spoken then Vic Mackey or even Raylan Givens.
I love the fact that it shows that Yes your main character can break the rules for justice but he can also be a semi-likeable decent educated man. He can be articulate and cultured. The Cowboy Cop doesn't necessarily have to dip chew and rough up suspects. He can discuss M-Brain Theory and philosophize while still being a tough authoritative figure.
Then again. Going back to my original point , i don't know how well Kohl would work if he wasn't played McConaughey.
That's not to say that the story isn't incredibly well crafted (even if it is occasionally bogged down by unnecessary side stories) but I don't know if it would be as must watch in my eyes if it wasn't McConaughey. He really does take a show that I would say deserves an Emmy Nod to a show is probably (even though this is only the first season) a must watch TV show. I think that if you are even mildly interested in good TV Shows that you should seek out True Detective. Hell , I love The Killing and The Bridge but this show is a lot better then them. It might even be better then Twin Peaks in all honesty. It's a very good show and McConaughey deserves a lot of credit.
Of course Harrelson has his moments as well where he carries the show and does a great job of doing so. Those two have amazing chemistry and the two lead characters (Cohle and Hart) are really really well written. They are very admirable and understandable.
So yeah I recommend True Detective even if you don't like the story , just for how good McConaughey's acting is on this show and how amazing his transformation has been. You can just see how much work he has put into this role and it really pays off in my eyes.
Harrelson is easy for me to ignore because he's always been such a good actor that his performance is sort of typical for him.
So has anyone else checked out this show? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Do you have any theories on the second season? Looking Forward to it? Think it should've ended in the first season or what?
Also here is the best example of how well McConaughey is in this show. Spolier warning.