Too much of everything
In truth, there is barely enough story here to make a film.
At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.
Exactly the movie you think it is, but not the movie you want it to be.
I don't review much but this is worth the time.Much like HBO's 1st season of True Detective... Mindhunter has found a completely new way to get your attention when it comes to this genre. A refreshing and invigorating take on an old can't-get-enough genre for people like myself.This is completely unique. Why someone didn't think of doing a story around the formation of the Behavioral Science Division of the FBI is beyond me.The casting is on point. The dialogue is engaging. The story unfolds like a book. The pacing is just right. The production is well done. The camera work, direction, cinematography, lighting, music, props, costume, etc... are all as clearly well thought out as the crimes they investigate and discuss are.In the first season of particular note is the actor Cameron Britton. Not to spoil anything but his performance as Edmund Kemper is simply outstanding. You'll know who I'm talking about without knowing once he's introduced.If you enjoy detective novels, murder-mysteries, or serial-killer hunting stories... this is for you.I can't wait for the second season... but I was sold after the first episode.
So poorly written, I only made it through 1 episode - and I had to really try just to do that. The production value is fine (despite the student film looking color grade) and the acting is okay, but the characters are so mind blowingly stupid. I get they're trying to show how little psychological training people had so they can show story and character arcs, but being ignorant doesn't also lower your intelligence, make you full of yourself, and give you unsound judgment in every single aspect of life and work. Especially the protagonist, who is commented on by other characters as being insightful despite reacting to situations and ideas like a bag of rocks with hair that can somehow talk. Every crime-related situation he comes upon, he acts as though it's his first interaction with another human being and amazingly does not engage in any kind of meaningful inquiry or problem solving to try and figure out what's happening - and yet he acts as though he knows more than anyone else in the room. And, no, all of those theories were not invented in the 1970s. Couldn't one of the writers take just a single semester of Intro to Administration of Justice at a community college before writing this so they'd at least get something right? And for a show that's all about psychology, couldn't they have tried a little bit harder to write characters that are believable and internally consistent? Even The X-Files does a MUCH better job of portraying criminal psychology theories than this show does - and character writing too despite the fact that the protagonists on that show aren't always the sharpest tools in the shed either. If you want a really well made deep dive into these ideas, admittedly without the historical aspect, watch the 1986 film Manhunter instead of this show.
One of the best series I have watched. Too bad only 10 episodes.Almost when I was giving up on almost all the series, I found this, and it was amazing. Sometimes it's a bit dark, but still an amazing series.
Uatu the movie watcher
I wasn't even planning on writing a review for this title, I just came to give it a score. But I was really puzzled by a string of very negative reviews. Considering their bundled nature, this might be a mob with an agenda. Perhaps they're alt-left feminists angry at the Freudian analysis going on in the series? Maybe I'm grasping at straws, but there's no way that the people who are giving this series a 2 or 3 or even a 5 are giving an objective review. For me this series is on par with true detective.
My only criticism is that the acting is a mixed bag.
In the first few episodes the detectives were a little stiff and unnatural but it got better over time. The serial killers however were amazing! Among the best acting performances I have ever seen in any film or TV show! In fact I wanted to see more famous serial killers make an appearance as interviewees, but I suppose this leaves some gems for next season. I really hope Charles Manson will make an appearance, but he's a character which will be VERY hard to pull off convincingly. I'd also love to see Son of Sam, Bundy, Gacy or James Earl Ray (al of whom John E. Douglas, whom Holden Ford is based on, did in fact interview) appear in the next season.