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The 50 best TV shows of 2018: No 10 – Sharp Objects

A career-best Amy Adams was the ace in Jean-Marc Vallée’s almost deliberately inaccessible follow-up to Big Little LiesDespite the glamorous A-list cast of 2017’s Big Little Lies, its success was still rather staggering, transforming it from hit series to pop culture phenomenon. For not only did it receive the trifecta of critical acclaim, audience obsession and awards attention, its ability to inspire impassioned fan theories and a steady stream of thinkpieces reminded networks of the power of weekly watercooler television – often undervalued in the age of bulk-drop streaming services.In an attempt to force a second lightning strike, HBO lured the show’s director, Jean-Marc Vallée, back to adapt another female-fronted whodunnit, complete with megastar lead. But anyone expecting more of the same will have finished the first episode of Sharp Objects feeling a tad befuddled. Prioritising mood and thematic texture over narrative, the eight-parter was a confounding, almost deliberately inaccessible rebuff to those who craved more of Big Little Lies’ mommy mystery. It is also a far more fascinating and artistically satisfying experience, with far more substance than its entertaining yet more frivolous predecessor. Continue reading...

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