Saturday, July 25, 2015

True Perspective

"I didn't ask for this world, I took it."

Says Vince Vaughn as Frank Semyon. If the quote wasn't dumb and cliche enough, well, the delivery makes it even worse.

True Detective season 2, for lack of a better word, sucks. And fulfilling the shoes of season 1's brilliance has nothing to do with it.

The city manager of fictional city Vinci, California who has crime boss-turned-legit boss Semyon's money goes missing, is found tortured and dead, cops (Colin Farrelll, Rachel MacAdams, Taylor Kitsch) working for a corrupt mayor and corrupt state itself get involved, other stuff happens, and the murder points to some quasi-religious sex cult or something like it, in true Nic Pizzolato form.

Except Farrell plays an unconvincing cop, looking more like he should have been on HBO's cowboy show Deadwood than a modern police/murder mystery, Vaughn plays an unconvincing actor, and Kitsch plays an unconvincing human. My girl Rachel is singlehandedly saving this show, as an intense, cynical, and brave character.

But there is a big difference when it comes to a tv series, between being complex and convoluted - it is somehow both - and having flawed characters and being a flawed show. Again, it is both.

I like the LA noire style, but it doesn't manifest enough.

Overall, I'm obviously not impressed. I kinda want to see what happens, but that's just because I already watched five episodes.

If nothing else, seeing Vince Vaughn try to act is extremely entertaining.

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