Amy Adams - The Dark Female Antihero

Verlie 2022-10-25 03:27:02

HBO's eight-episode mini-series "Sharp Tool" ended on August 26. As the series to take over the second season of "Westworld", the show triggered a frenzy of ratings and word-of-mouth in the second half of the year. Viewing record. The series has a strong lineup of creators, and the film "Gone Lover" adapted from the novel by the original author Gillian Flynn won the Oscar for best picture. Director Jean-Marc Valet won industry recognition for his film "Dallas Buyers Club," and "Big Little Lies" swept last year's Emmy Awards. Starring Amy Adams as the uncrowned king of five Oscar nominations, her performance on the show is thought to be slated for next year's Emmy Awards "The After View."

"Sharp Tool" tells the story of Camille, a female reporter who returns to her hometown to write about a serial murder case. Compared with many American dramas with grand scenes, dazzling world views, and twists and turns, "Sharp Weapon", which is set to "investigate the murder of a small town girl", is not outstanding, the rhythm is slow, and the conflict is not intense. But compared to the plot of tracing the murderer and restoring the truth, depicting the inner world of women is the focus. This makes this film different from the common American dramas that attract people by character relationships and dramatic entanglements. The interweaving of life and consciousness is very bold and avant-garde. Camille's homecoming journey is also a self-retrospective journey. She has to face childhood pain and expose the broken and twisted soul beneath her bruised body.

Such a role that penetrates into the heart of the character is the dream of every actress. Before "Sharp Tool", the red-haired, blue-eyed, gentle and amiable Amy Adams could not get rid of the image of sweet sister and girlfriend, and had always been a vase by the actor's side. She is the Disney princess in "Enchanted", the innocent little nun in "Children's Doubt", and the sweet little nurse who fell in love with Leonardo DiCaprio in "Cat and Mouse". She played the boxer's girlfriend in "The Fighter", became Superman's girlfriend in "Superman: Man of Steel", and was still the girlfriend of a fraudster in "American Hustle," but she was just showing off her sexiness.

Taking on the role of alcoholism, self-mutilation, and constant struggle with inner demons in "Sharp Tools" was a big test for Amy Adams. She stopped exercising and became the bloated and puffy figure in the film. To play the alcoholic Camille, Amy drank a lot of liquid "I thought I was going to die of water poisoning". The hardest part was accepting fake scars from makeup artists on a daily basis, and Amy was ashamed of having to be naked. It was all worth it, Amy played her not intense, but delicate and rich acting, and created a heroine who "never cried in front of people, her pain was internalized". It conveys the great pain hidden in the repression of the characters, and they are always in a state of emotional critical point.

The original author, Gillian Flynn, said of this debut novel that the novel entices people to read stories about murder and suspense, but actually wants to write about women's inner mysteries, which is a very dark, deep place. "Sharp Tool" was rejected by the publisher as his first novel. "Nobody wants to read a book about a woman who is in trouble." Consumption shopping, and how to get a man. There are often bad men in novels and movies. They have been traumatized and always hurt themselves and others involuntarily, which is pitiful, pathetic and hateful. This self-destructing charismatic male villain is so common, "Where's a woman like this?" So she wrote this book.

One of the reasons for the popularity of "Sharp Weapon" is obviously to echo the burgeoning women's rights movement in the United States. Just as many media refer to the show as "a female anti-hero in a chaotic era", this film is very different from traditional feminist texts such as "The Handmaid's Tale" in that it does not portray women as positive and pitiful Victims and rebels of male power, but reversely exploited the male-dominated society's prejudice against women, creating a dark, crazy and powerful female villain. Amy, the "perfect woman" in "Gone Lover", framed her husband's murder of his wife to punish and avenge men. This kind of femme fatale with strong control and possessiveness has written all about men's nightmares and women's inner demons, but it is also rejected by many feminists, who think that it has instead echoed the stereotypes of women in patriarchal culture.

The opening scene of each episode uses vintage records, abandoned houses, meadows and woods to create a decadent, gloomy undertone that Gillian Flynn calls "Southern Gothic mystery." Insidious witches in old Southern Gothic manors, reminiscent of "Under the Peony" and "American Horror Story: A Gathering": American South plantations represent conservative forces that reject progress, pre-modern incomprehensible. In the gothic Phantom Thread, women concoct witch-like poison, making men weak and pretending to care for them, thereby making them submissive. "Sharp Tool" goes one step further, with women becoming the absolute center and men only supporting. The closed and repressed town is like a matriarchal society. The mother played by Patricia Clarkson is the actual ruler of the town. Her ancestors once led the southern army against the northern army. The mother controls everything in the town, and no one is allowed to be out of line. She formulates medicines to make her disobedient daughter sick until it kills her.

Just as the heroine Camille always loves to pierce her body with sharp objects, the most exciting and darkest part of "Sharp Tool" is that it pierces the hearts of women mercilessly. The women of the town are selfish and jealous, and gossip kills. The younger sister pretended to be a good girl in front of her mother, and took drugs and slutty behind her back. Camille seems weak and pitiful, and always uses unfortunate encounters to win the favor of men. "It's actually an alcoholic bus." The film pays homage to "Silence of the Lambs" many times. The female police detective in this film saves lives, psychologically, to redeem her childhood self. And "Sharp Tool" throws out a mental illness "Munchausen Syndrome". The mother who suffers from this disease induces the disease to control her daughter, and the daughter uses self-harm to gain the care of others. The three generations of mother and daughter cannot get rid of this kind of disease, and there is no redemption. Camille rebelled against her mother and wanted to save her sister, but in the end, her sister was the murderer, and the film finally fell into complete despair.

Living in the dark world of "Sharp Objects" for five months, Amy Adams suffered too much mental damage, "I often struggle, sleep at two or three in the morning, and wake up suddenly in the middle of the night with unexplainable fear or self-loathing. "Despite rave reviews, HBO said the series is over." Unlike "Big Little Lies", where all the stars are willing to return, "Sharp Tool" has a very dark character and story, and Amy doesn't want to continue to live in this role, so no With a second season, we'd love it to be a limited series."

Last year, the Beijing News requested a draft, but I don’t know why it was not adopted, so let’s put it up.

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  • Sylvia 2022-05-26 14:46:05

    To a considerable extent, it is a one-man show of AA, and it is still a cross-narrative of two timelines, which makes Mark Vare as stable as ever.

  • Paris 2022-05-26 17:28:27

    ! Amy's brain powder!

Sharp Objects quotes

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