Without listing all my reasons, it has been eight days since I posted anything related to my Nineveh 90 Day Challenge.
So I guess I will instead weigh in with my impression of the “Sharp Objects” HBO series and its ending. (Yes, I binge watched.)
First, I knew Amma had killed her friends as soon as she said she could get her roller skating girl fans and related boy friends to do anything she asked of them. It was just too prophetic a statement.
Amy Adams’ portrayal of Camille broke my heart. She was so damaged yet so capable of love at the same time.
Yet I am not sure how her character was left standing at the end of the day – heck, by the middle of the day – given the non-stop boozing. And she was a little too clear-headed and able to track the pieces, even if she made the wrong picture out of them until the end.
Compare that to Paula Hawkins’ alcoholic character Rachel in “Girl on the Train” starring Emily Blunt. That story played out through an alcoholic haze that Blunt deftly captured. Her character literally stumbles into the truth – not with a clear head, deciding to make herself a sacrificial murder victim.
I was a little slower to catch onto Adora’s Munchausen by Proxy problem. I realized, of course, there was some kind of pathology behind her relationship with Camille. But earlier on I thought it was because Camille was somehow thought to be the cause of her middle sister’s death.
At any rate, Patricia Clarke can give Jessica Lange a run for the “creepiest mother in a television series” Emmy category.
Amma is the character twin of Amy Dunne in Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl,” and Camille finding the tooth in the doll house is supposed to be the equivalent in shock value as discovering Amy staged her own torture rape.
And both stories end leaving readers/viewers with the question of how Camille/Nick will go on with life’s prosaic daily rhythm when each knows exactly how deeply disturbed and depraved Amma/Amy are.
Camille’s character seems like a deer caught in the headlights at the end; Nick’s is the deer head mounted after being hit by the car.
Camille doesn’t deserve the ongoing horror of living with Amma. Nick perhaps was a little more complicit in his own ending.
In either case, Flynn seems to enjoy creating twisted, sociopathic characters like Amma and Amy.
She does it sharply.