From the first moment you meet Camille Preaker you don’t like her. She’s an alcoholic and she drinks while she’s driving. She also likes carving words into her skin. As much as you dislike Camille, you dislike her home town of Wind Gap even more. When Camille’s editor suggest she do a story on the missing adolescent girls of Wind Gap she doesn’t want to, but Curry (her editor) is like a father to her so she goes to make him proud. She has no idea how close to home the murders will bring her.
This is an eight part miniseries of 50 minutes each (the 8th episode is about 80 minutes). If you’ve read the novel you’ll probably like the film better. In the novel nothing happens until the last three pages. In the film, things start getting dark from about episode 4.
What I disliked most about this film was the way the Midwestern ethic was portrayed. In the Midwest, it’s not uncommon for men to work and women to stay home. Camille’s distaste for this lifestyle while boozing up in her car and driving past bicycling kids on the street is rather disgusting to watch. It’s not a big surprise that Camille’s sister Amma is the town drug connection and the town party girl. Their mother brings in $1.2 million a year from the local pig slaughterhouse that employs the entire town in one way or another. She suffers from Munchausen by Proxy and poisons her children.
In an interview with Gillian Flynn who wrote the novel, she stated she wanted the suspense to build and the ending to be “earned”. She suggests this was done through symbolism of Amma’s dollhouse. The dead girls were posed as if they were dolls. Adora, Camille’s mother, spends most of her day in the room with the ivory floor which she is quick to point out is elephant’s tooth. So it’s only mildly surprising to discover that Amma has paved the floor of the same room of her dollhouse with the dead girls’ teeth. :0
3 out of 10 stars. Revolting, shocking, but not really earned. I’m kind of sick of Hollywood excusing alcoholics who drive for their behavior.