Mare of Easttown Kate Winslet Photograph by Michele K. Short/HBO

Mare of Easttown is a seven-part criminal drama series created by Brad Ingelsby and directed by the American Filmmaker, Craig Zobel. It is based in a small Pennsylvania town where a female detective named Mare Sheehan, played by the fabulous Kate Winslet, is struggling in her own life even as the city that she lives in is shrouded in mysteries. 

The story revolves around the murder of a teenage mother, Erin, and the case of a missing girl. Mare Sheehan is the prime detective trying to solve both cases while handling the loss of her son, Kevin, to suicide and her ex-husband to his second marriage. She seems to have a hard time dealing with the people around her but does find solace in spending time with her grandson (Kevin’s son) while also drowning herself in cases that keep her busy & distracted. 

The whole town is filled with difficult, bewildering people. There’s gossip about a priest accusing him of the molestation of a young anonymous girl; Erin’s best friend who seems to have a lot more information than she lets on; and even Mare’s neighbour and her husband who seem to be a regular couple with regular issues. The neighbourhood may seem normal at first but as the subplots start opening up, the atmosphere darkens and not just metaphorically. The credit for the latter has to go to the cinematographer who aids the director in framing an unsettling feel over the story as it unfolds. 

In fact, the whole show has been very cleverly shot. All the scenes showcasing chaos and dilemma are filled with blurry transitions & dirty surroundings but as the mysteries start clearing up, the visuals do too. The sound team has done a great job as well. There are different types of silences that this series focuses on and it is daunting to experience! 

The acting, though, is perhaps the best part. The show is beautifully cast with Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson, Evan Peters, Guy Pearce, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice and Cailee Spaeny among many others. The actors make the mini series come alive and help it create a relationship with the viewers, even if the pace of the show may feel a little slow at times. It is to the actors’ credit and of course the way the characters are written that they manage to hold on to the viewers’ attention & keep them engrossed. While there are hardly any loose ends, there are a couple of coincidences that may seem forced.   

In conclusion, watch Mare of Easttown for its dark and gritty story and for Kate Winslet’s phenomenal performance. 

Mare of Easttown is available to stream on Disney+ Hotstar. 


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