Live Well: BRB, Watching True Detective...


Hey guys - I know I've been a terribly inconsistent blogger as of late.

And to be honest, I don't have a great excuse for that inconsistency. I mean, yes, I am dealing with crazy work schedules/social events/a desire to regularly attend the gym, all of which cut into my blogging time. But really I've been so bad so far this week because we finally, FINALLY got around to watching True Detective

To be honest, I was a bit hesitant to start watching the show - a few things I had read/heard suggested that maybe it wasn't all that enjoyable. They. Were. Wrong. In retrospect, the fact that I didn't immediately jump on the bandwagon for this show is completely perplexing for three simple reasons:

Exhibit A: Matthew McConaughey

Exhibit B: Filmed in the South

Exhibit C: It's a murder mystery

And (bonus) Exhibit D: Getting to watch Woody Harrelson be charming on screen for the first time since I was obsessed with Cheers in middle school

I mean, did I not realize that this show was custom-made for my enjoyment? Detective books have always been my thing: when I was a kid, I LOVED Nancy Drew. Later on, I graduated to Agatha Christie's body of work, and recently have been a major fan of Tana French. True Detective is the best television extension of those types of books that I have ever seen.

Additionally, I have to once again hand it to Matthew McConaughey for doing an incredible job transforming himself and being an integral part of yet another interesting work about life in the South. Thanks to all the astounding work he's done recently in BernieMudDallas Buyers Club, and now True Detective (and even Magic Mike!), I will go see ANYTHING that he's in (a level of fandom that I don't give our lightly). This performance has me hoping that he'll beat out Bryan Cranston for the Emmy win...but let's keep that a secret, lest the Breaking Bad uber fans decide to come after me :)

If you've been on the fence about watching True Detective, I urge you to give it a shot. It's thoughtful, suspenseful, beautifully shot, and only requires eight hours of your time, all in. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are both spectacular in it. And while the mystery's subject matter can be tough (the murder of women and children) they manage to approach it in a way that never makes you feel like you're watching a movie based on a Stephen King novel.

We finished the last episode of the series late last night. I wish that meant that I will be immediately back on the blogging bandwagon, but I'm going to be at an overnight company retreat tomorrow and Friday sans internet access, so you won't be hearing from me the rest of this week! I'll be back next week - I promise!