"Mindhunter" subverts the expectations for this kind of show by not showing you the victims, the killings or the crime scenes. Pretty much everything is left for the viewer to imagine, which can prove disappointing to some. However, I think that the characters, dialogues and production values make it very entertaining. Dr. Carr and Ed Kemper were standouts but the leading duo is also quite charming. Season 2, please.
You can imagine the dollar signs in the Netflix executive's eyes when somebody pitched this as "'Mad Men' meets 'Se7en'!" - but "Mindhunter" belies its elevator pitch with one of the most absorbing shows of the Peak TV era. It makes sense as this is very much David Fincher's territory: process, procedure, investigation. In Holden Ford, he finally has a protagonist as interesting as the killers who so fascinate him.
Highly interesting yet mediocre. Cameron Britton was absolutely amazing in his portrayal of Edmund Kemper! Hands down the best actor in the series. Jonathan Groff fell short, per usual, in his role. Completely unbelievable in his role. I also felt that Anna Torv was miscast in this, as well.
With MINDHUNTER, Fincher flicks his "people are perverts" maxim to slow burn. Directing 4 of 10 episodes, his precise visual style and combative intellectualism emerge as distinct signifiers. A pastiche of SOCIAL NETWORK, GONE GIRL and ZODIAC, the ten hours fully allow Fincher to explore personal themes: a brilliant young man vs. monolithic hierarchy; his estrangement from the mainstream not dissimilar to 'deviants'.
This truly is an anomaly: there is no on-screen violence whatsoever, and yet, this is the most terrifying series of the year. It's not a "whodunnit" - all the cards are on the table - and yet it is compelling and intriguing. It's basically ten hours of conversations, and yet it feels incredible intense and puts most action-based series to shame. A true gem. PS It is set in the same universe as Manhunt: Unabomber.
I think it succeeds largely through the casting of Groff. It's hard to imagine another actor being able to play this role without being creepy, and I think it has to do with the ambiguity that results from a gay actor playing straight. (Go ahead and call that out as potentially offensive. It's just a fact that it affects the performance.)
Watching MINDHUNTER is like attending criminology or psychology class for ± 10 hours. I think - it's easy for me to say that MINDHUNTER is one of the best TV series of the year. It's gripping, haunting, and I never get bored from start to finish. A compliment for Joe Penhall, David Fincher, & the rest of the crew. MINDHUNTER proved something: You don't need gore or action sequences to make such a thrilling story...