While I didn’t check out Mare of Easttown when it started, it was on my mental watchlist. Kate Winslet is a talented actress, even if there were some comments on how she pronounces “water” in this mini-series. Well, I got an opening, Tuesdays is apparently for acclaimed HBO mini-series right about now, and that “water” thing is accurate. Why not check it out?
Winslet stars as Mare Sheehan, detective for a small town police force in a Philadelphia suburb.
Huh. I used to live in a town like that. That was during grad school. Granted, where I was living was a bit more of a college town, but the point stands. And no one says “water” that way.
OK, back to this: Mare, despite her rank, is a popular figure in her community, getting calls for things that, well, she shouldn’t, but she knows a lot of the members of her community well enough to take care of things mostly by talking and occasionally leaping badly over a fence. She’s divorced with one daughter, her cousin is the town’s Catholic priest, she has a grandson she seems to take care of, her ex-husband is remarrying, and Mare may be the only member of her family not happy for the guy.
Her ex, Frank, seems like a good dude, all told. Mare just seems annoyed by, oh, everything. It doesn’t help that she’s still remembered for being the star player on a winning girls high school basketball team. Or that one of her old teammates has a missing teenage daughter that she’s trying to 3 Billboards some closure out of.
If anything, the best thing Mare has going for her is what is possibly a love interest in published author Richard Ryan, new in town and played by Guy Pearce. Because if you put Kate Winslet in an HBO mini-series, you better include Guy Pearce.
But then off to the side is Erin McMenamin. She’s a teenage mother. Her ex’s girlfriend hates her. Her father is a bit abusive. She’s catfished into a beating, rescued only by Mare’s daughter Siobhan from worse. We spent a lot of time getting to know her and all her problems.
And she’s dead in the woods the next day.
Yeah, this is gonna be good.