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Last night I finished binging the David Fincher directed detective series on Netflix. And...it's excellent.
If you love CSI--this probably isn't your show. Mindhunter delves into the twisted heart of darkness, avoids uninspired melodrama, and is almost entirely dialog based.
What's so fascinating about MH is that it's a bio-series about the real-life FBI agents that asked: "Why do seemingly normal people sudden butcher and rape?" The true writings and accounts of these men went on to inspire films like, Silence of the Lambs, and transformed the entire justice system and Hollywood landscape. So you have all the traditional procedural cliches here, but they actually happened to these people. These experiences and investigations are what spawned those cliches. And Fincher and co. are brilliant enough to breathe new life into these beats and craft a visceral, enthralling saga.
The scripts are so tight, I found myself surprised when confronted with how much the cast had changed. They developed so acutely and gradually, it snuck up on me in the best possible way. On top of that, the dialog is exceptional, leading to plenty of much-needed humor.
The acting is...spotty. Everybody is amazing--except our lead. But he's only terrible in the beginning when he oversells the "wide-eyed" rookie routine. Most notably are the bone-chilling performances from the cast of serial killers that literally left me shaken after every encounter.
Fincher remains a master behind the camera, and you really notice his absence in terms of technical prowess when other directors step up for the middle episodes. Let me be clear, the other filmmakers are exceptional, but Fincher is eons ahead of them, especially when they try and imitate his style.
Overall, Mindhunter is another frightening and enthralling crime-drama, "Whydunnit" from the one of the greatest directors working today.
Hopefully this signals Fincher as back in business after trying and failing to green-light a variety of projects. But if we all spend some time binging and spreading the disturbing love of Mindhunter, Finchy could come back stronger than ever.