The Sharp Objects Finale That’ll Knock Your Teeth Out!
Warning: Spoilers Ahead.
Once again we are presented with an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s masterpiece – her debut novel, Sharp Objects. Her name sounds familiar because she’s the one who wrote “Gone Girl”. Gone Girl later adapted for a movie showing the grotesqueness and complexity of a female’s mind. There were layers to the main character we couldn’t even expect, and Sharp Objects follows a similar theme.
Plot line of Sharp Objects
Sharp Objects is essentially a story about a dysfunctional family, mostly centered around the relationship between a mother- Adora (Patricia Clarkson) and her two daughters. Daughters are teenagers Amma (Eliza Scanlen) who leads a double life as an acquiescing daughter of roam-around-town hooligan. The second is an estranged middle-aged Camille (Amy Adams). She juggles between being an alcoholic and a newspaper reporter. There was also a third, middle daughter; Marian, but it is revealed early on that she has died.
When Camille is sent to write a captivating article about a recent case of a missing girl in her hometown- Wind Gap, she comes face to face with ghosts from her past…
As more mutilated bodies of young girls turn up in plain sight, Camille joins forces with Detective Willis (Chris Messina). Together they try to fish out possible suspects and prevent further killings.
Depth of the Show
The show is filmed in an eerie dreamlike state, with flashbacks that show us a glimpse into Camille’s self-harming past and the tumultuous relationship she had with her mother growing up.
In the flashbacks her younger sister, Marian is a latchkey kid that is a mere shadow in the background as she is constantly ill and coddled by their mother, while Amma has not yet been born.
Their mother suffers from numerous “episodes” throughout the show, which she often uses as a scapegoat to justify her toxic and distant behavior.
So it comes as no surprise when it is later revealed in episode seven that she has Munchausen syndrome by proxy and was responsible for the death of her daughter Marian. That revelation finally leads Camille to accept the dark truth that has been gnawing on her insides ever since she was young, and makes her finally wonder if her mother is capable of killing others whom she knew?
But if you thought Adora was the serial killer, then you are oh, so wrong…
In a season finale, viewers were reeling in surprise when crucial moments came on the screen after the credits rolled. It was revealed that sweet, darling Amma (accompanied by her friends) was the deranged killer. She and her friends were killing unsuspecting teenage girls and using their teeth to line the floors of her doll house. Talk about a deranged fascination with trophies from your victims…
Brilliance of the Show
This was such an interesting and well-directed show. The filmography makes you feel the clammy oppressive atmosphere of Wind Gap. The good-natured passive aggressiveness of its inhabitants is chilling as well.
The acting was phenomenal throughout. I absolutely loved how Patricia Clarkson flawlessly played Adora, with her pristine hair and genteel outlook on life, all the while hiding a notorious past. Moreover, we can also see her twisted love for her child, as she tries to take the fall for Amma. She tries to keep her away from Camille’s prying.
No one could have expected the reveal of Amma though. Since the reveal was unconventional, most people didn’t wait to watch till the end. Consequently, many failed to understand the plot properly. Her motivations for killing her victims mainly revolved around the attention her mother was paying to the other girls, and later the attention Camille was paying to May.
Finally, Amy Adams portrayal as the unglamorous Camille unsettled many, mostly because of the constant drinking. However, that detail of her character made the story more believable since that makes her an unreliable narrator. And we can’t be too sure if she’s as innocent as she thinks she is (Don’t worry. She was totally innocent).
At this point in time, there’s no news for a second season. It’s mostly because Amy Adams doesn’t want to return to the show. It was too dark for her, making her lose sleep and loathe herself.
However, one of the producers has said “never, say never”. That has left fans feeling hopeful for a new season in the future.