Built from these literal and figurative flashes are long stretches of arresting inspiration. Producer Jason Blum, showrunner Marti Noxon, and director Jean-Marc Vallée each find ways to enliven a slow-burn limited series that amounts to a lot, even if it takes its time cluing in the audience. “Sharp Objects” is a small town murder mystery that can, at times, be perplexingly personal. But with Amy Adams delivering career-best work and a transportive diegetic nurtured to great effect, the HBO drama pays off on a simple premise twisted into one dark, nasty story.
Based on Gillian Flynn’s debut novel of the same name,