Kate Winslet’s HBO drama has a curious quality for a murder mystery – Compassion-Entertainment News, Firstpost
As a murder mystery – despite a few free red herrings – Mare of Easttown is tense and brooding, in league with the first seasons of Fargo and True Detective. As a study of people and a community, it is sober, melancholy – and haunting.
Kate Winslet as Marianne ‘Mare’ Sheehan in HBO’s Mare of Easttown
Annawadi in Mumbai and the fictional Philadelphia suburb of Easttown would have little in common, but I found myself thinking about Katherine Boo’s book on the former, Behind the eternal beauties, while I was watching the HBO show Easttown mare.
In Boo’s book, a family finally manages to buy the Italian-style tiles advertised with the slogan “Beautiful Forever” which means aspiration and upward mobility in the Annawadi slum, built above a landfill. But when the son, Abdul, tries to put it at home, the tiling remains stubbornly distorted. Easttown mare Specifically reminded me of Boo’s last words: “If the house is crooked and crumbling, and the ground it sits on is uneven, is it possible to rest anything?”
The lives of many Easttown mareThe characters are built on a deep vein of despair and dysfunction. How then is it possible for them to avoid a tragedy?
Easttown’s ‘mare’ is Marianne Sheehan (Kate Winslet), a tough, tough police detective who also happens to be a local hero due to a winning basketball shot she took there. is 25 years old, as a high school student.
When we first see her, a reluctant mare has been called in to investigate a prowler lurking in the home of an elderly couple. At the police station, the dispatcher responds to a call about an altercation involving peeing. Just when you think Easttown is the kind of place where only petty crime happens, the story makes its first bait and switch: Mare’s boss, Police chief Carter (John Douglas Thompson) him. says pressure is mounting on them to trace a young woman from the community who went missing almost a year ago. Katie, the missing woman, had a history of drug addiction and prostitution, Mare reminds Carter; there is little chance that she is alive at this point. But Carter insists that Mare go back to the case files and re-examine the evidence.
The next morning, Mare receives another call. It’s no prowler this time around though: the body of a 17-year-old Erin was found near a stream. A gunshot wound to the head is the cause of death. Erin’s ex-boyfriend Dylan, the father of her baby DJ, is the prime suspect. The same goes for Dylan’s current girlfriend, Brianna, who is known to have assaulted Erin the night she died. Soon other suspects emerge: Deacon Mark, a priest who was transferred from another ward under suspicious circumstances and was one of the last people to receive a call from Erin. Jess, Erin’s closest friend, also shares some secrets that push Mare down a different path, just like the disappearance of another young woman, Missy.
Against her will, Mare teams up with a county detective named Colin Zabel (Evan Peters). Serious and eager to impress, Colin is the foil for Mare’s stoicism. He’s also a stranger to Mare’s quintessential insider status in Easttown, taken aback by the closeness of her connection to most of the people she is currently investigating.
These relationships add another layer to Mare’s case, as do her personal issues: we find that she did not address the loss of her son, who died by suicide; faces a custody battle for his grandson with his son’s ex-girlfriend, a recovering drug addict; and has persistent divisions with her ex-husband and daughter due to her refusal or inability to cope with their collective grief.
As a murder mystery – despite a few free red herrings – Easttown mare is tense and brooding, in the league of the first seasons of Fargo and Real detective. As a study of people and a community, it is sober, melancholy – and haunting.
Easttown mareThe overwhelming quality of compassion is compassion: in the way it portrays the personality of Erin – and also Katie and Missy – beyond being victims or “troubled” young women. In the way it portrays the quiet courage and burden of care that women carry, be it Mare’s friends Lori, Beth and Dawn or Mare herself. In its depiction of female relationships and the way women hold on and lift themselves up. In his human portrayal of the opioid crisis, addiction and the devastation it brings to families. In his gentle management of mental illness and trauma that is passed down from generation to generation. By allowing his characters to forgive not only each other, but also themselves. And most importantly, in his poignant conclusion: Terrible things don’t happen because people are dyed-in-the-wool villains (even though Easttown mare has at least a few), but because they struggle to stay afloat the only way they know how, and sometimes those ripples can cause other people to drown. These tragic, irreversible consequences don’t have to come from meanness, but can arise in the brief moment that you let your guard down and let something slip away.
Again, they have little in common, but I remembered another of HBO’s star-led murder mysteries – Cancellation – while watching Easttown mare. Granted, Nicole Kidman’s affluent New York-based therapist in the first is a very different character than Kate Winslet’s suburban sleuth, but the fact that Mare is just allowed to to be – in terms of physical appearance – is refreshing. Many viewers commented on the disparity in Kidman’s appearance vis-à-vis his co-star Hugh Grant: only one was allowed to show crow’s feet, wrinkles and other attributes of aging. , on the screen (no dots to guess who). Winslet, on the other hand, disappears in his role. Even if you start off by not quite knowing what to do with Mare, Winslet makes you root for her by showing her brief glimpses of vulnerability, guilt, and pain beyond the combative surface. Emmy and Golden Globe nominations seem like a certainty for Winslet at this point.
While Winslet is undoubtedly the star, her chemistry with the actors around her – particularly Jean Smart as the deliciously fiery mother of Mare, Helen, Julianne Nicholson as Mare’s supporting best friend, Lori and Evan. Peters as his partner Zabel – bring to light various facets of his character. Fairly well before Easttown mare ends, you hope its protagonist finds – not victory, because there is no victory for anyone in this tale, only loss of varying degrees – at least a measure of peace.
All seven episodes of Mare of Easttown air on Disney + Hotstar Premium. Watch the trailer here –