Created by Nic Pizzolatto and starring fresh Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey and Woody “drunk guy from the Hunger Games” Woody Harrelson, “True Detective” is basically about the lives of two detectives, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, and how they needed to solve messed up murder crimes that took them 17 years to solve.
If that paragraph doesn’t already fuel your jet to watch the show, read on for more reasons to work your appetite up a little.
1. 1995 Rust Cohle.
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You still think that actor Matthew McConaughey is a little out of this world, from his infamous string of romantic comedies to him literally thanking himself at the 2014 Oscars when he received his award for Best Actor, but this won’t let anything stop you from having a deep appreciation for Detective Rust Cohle in 1995.
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You won’t be able to prepare yourself from having a soft spot/hard on for McConaughey’s character, especially when the story takes you back to 1995. It is arguably the best time for appreciating him, in character and aesthetically.
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But mostly aesthetically.
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Cohle might be rough around the edges, but his cool, sweet and sour personality will also win your heart. And having great character in a show you want to watch does not hurt one bit.
2. Cary Fukunaga
Okay here’s why I’m extra excited talking about Cary Fukunaga. There are two major things about him that are extraordinary and should be a great reason for watching this particular show.
His 2009 film “Jane Eyre” (which was also one of his first major projects), based on the classic novel by Charlotte Bronte, starred Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender and it was critically praised for his cinematography and aesthetically pleasing way of directing shots that equaled his own vision.
What I love about film directors taking on television is that they don’t compromise their directing style in any way, making each episode in the show look like a film they would do, like David Fincher with “House of Cards”. Fukunaga’s “True Detective” definitely proves this observation.
The second thing about Fukunaga is how he looks like this:
Even his long haired beardy hobo state is pretty great.
3. The crime scenes.
Each scene gives off a creepy, dark, mysterious vibe and they will undoubtedly leave you feeling a little empty and morose on the inside. It’s a good thing, don’t worry.
4. It can also be hilarious and iconic.
Great shows have great iconic moments and props so that viewers can buy things that relate to the show and feel like they own a piece of it, like the Big Hug Mug that Rust uses or the beer can men he made.
There were also equally iconic moments in scripts that involved a lot of ‘philosophical’ views.
…mostly from Rust Cohle.
And Woody Harrelson’s Marty Hart usually calls him out.
But mostly, the icon of the entire show is Rust.
5. That 6 minute shot.
Shooting a six minute shot with no cuts or edits is a fantastic feat on its own. The entire view was spectacular and heart pounding and fast paced and dramatic and violent and smart and everything you could dream about in a television show.
You can watch the scene below, and it also won’t really give anything away so you can still safely watch it. However, watching the entire show will piece things together.
There were actually more reasons we wanted to fit into this article, like how great the storyline was and how amazing the chemistry is between real life friends Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, as well as how it makes you want to help guess who the culprit is the entire show, and how when you do find out it will just get more intense from there.
We’re also excited for Season 2, which they had already announced. Sadly, McConaughey and Harrelson won’t be the featured star detectives anymore.
But rumour has it, Brad Pitt might join the second season instead!
“True Detective” premiered on HBO Asia mid-January, and more information on the show can be found here through THIS LINK.