Winslet’s Mare is a detective based in the city she grew up in. Once a high school basketball star, she lived in a bad mood with her mother (Jean Smart), daughter (Angourie Rice), and a young grandchild born to their late son. Cranky and grumpy, the reasons for mares to be constantly in a bad mood gradually become clear, along with the outline of a missing girl and murder case, neither of which is exactly common in this Pennsylvania community.
Nevertheless, “Mare” is as much about the protagonist’s private life as it is about the criminal part. Mare meets a new man (Guy Pearce, another “Mildred” holder) and rubs against the fact that her ex-husband (David Denman), who lives a stone’s throw away, seems to be getting on with his life.
To say the mix of elements has a familiar touch would be an understatement, but writer Brad Ingelsby (“The Way Back”) and director Craig Zobel (“The Leftovers”) managed to get them on at the start of the show compelling way to put together some of the above secrets to decipher.
“My life is complicated,” says Mare when she is Pearce’s character, a writer who recently moved to town, and for once, that’s not just the usual exaggeration.
“Mare of Easttown” ultimately makes a better production than the description probably sounds – proof that this type of endeavor isn’t always so much about the ingredients as it is about how you put them together.
“Mare of Easttown” premieres on April 18 at 10pm on HBO, which, like CNN, is a WarnerMedia entity.