Abandons the grander philosophical themes of its predecessor for a more timely exploration of modern masculinity and sexual guilt in the big city. Mental trauma is still rendered in brutal, bold, surreal brush strokes by Nic Pizzolatto and company; one harrowing sequence in particular, which sees a stoned child abuse victim stumbling deliriously through a clandestine sex party, would have Kubrick and Noé squirming.
MEH!!!!! Heavy handed approach to tv drama feels like a Michael Mann ripp-off and the convoluted screenplay just never amounts to anything except an ending that feels like a cheat. Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams are very good which makes the final product even more disheartening.
Very underwhelming compared to season 1 (which was the peak of television for me, and most likely my favourite crime noir with Zodiac); so it was inevitable. Almost gave up on this series, but after 4-5 episodes it started off improving, and I guess compared to most other TV shows it was still pretty good and better than 95% of the crap on TV. Certainly not the complete disappointment that season 2 of Fargo was.
I loved this. The obsessive focus on broken, sympathetic characters is a moral statement well beyond that of the first season. And even though I agree with the sentiments at the end of S1 they seemed like a cop out narratively; here the story follows through to its rightful, devastating conclusions. The heightened noir dialogue and convoluted plot are a blast; Inherent Vice comparisons are not without merit.
This is the story about a woman named Bunny, a red-head who wants to have a baby with Vince Vaughan. She always shows up at the worst time and talks with great difficulty in a masked-British accent. All of the other characters are also named Bunny. (On a serious note: Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell give great performances.)
4 - An unimpressive stab at corporate corruption that begins promisingly enough and ends fairly well (though the central mystery is extremely predictable), after spending six hours sitting with its thumb lodged firmly up its ass. It has grand ambitions and even a few terrific sequences, but it lacks the writing and directorial chops to properly capitalize on them. Disappointingly inconsistent.
I would like to say things like "the first season was better" or "casting problems" or "where's the resolution" etc., but the whole thing is just superbly atmospheric, which is exactly what I had expected, and I love McAdams tenderly, and the Lera Lynn things are excellent, and the whole goddamn thing just won't go away!