Mare of Easttown

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Another home run from Kate Winslet! And another accent mastered. I think most would agree that Kate Winslet is one of the most talented and versatile actresses working today. No matter the overall quality of what she appears in her performances are always impeccable. We don’t have to worry about the quality level with the HBO limited series Mare of Easttown. It streamed on HBO to rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Accordingly, it has earned several nominations for the upcoming Emmy Awards. Now you can own it as it has been released on DVD.

Not simply a murder mystery, you also get slices of family drama, mental health and small industrial town thrown in for good measure. All are good on their own but mixed together you get a delightful concoction.

As her life and even career seem to be crumbling around here Detective Mare Sheehan (played by Kate Winslet) is trying to solve a murder that has everyone in town upset. A young female is murdered in brutal fashion and her body dumped on the shores of a river. Mare starts investigating alongside her assigned “partner”, Detective Colin Zabel (played by Evan Peters) and it goes slowly. It is the type of case in which once they pull a loose thread the whole sweater unravels.

This is happening at the same time that Mare is starting to see a new man (played by Guy Pearce), deal with the aftereffects of her son’s suicide, the possibility of losing her grandson (played by Izzy King) to his addict mother, a conflict with her only friend Lori Ross (played by Julianne Nicholson), rebellion in the form of her teenage daughter (played by Angourie Rice), and her ex-husband Frank (played by David Denman), who lives next door, getting remarried, so Mare’s plate is really full.

Some might go into this all cynical wondering what all the fuss is about. My advice is just to watch it. You won’t be disappointed. It does start off with episode one being a little slow and then it just moves into something you won’t want to turn off. An investigation of human nature wrapped up in a murder mystery. Delicious!

Special Features:

-Invitation to the Set

-Mare of Easttown: A Closer Look

-Making Mare of Easttown

-Welcome to Easttown