During the last ten years Chris Pine played Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek Restart, Old Comic Heart Steve Trevor in Wonderful Woman brilliant Tom Clancy Tactics of Government Intelligence Jack Ryan in Deputy Shadow The Prince of Cinderella in In Woods and the Lost Children's Baby in Merrie . And then there are two best roles: as a broken heart heartbroker from Hell or High Water and as a voice of the idealized version of Peter Parker in
In Brief: This guy is a bona fide movie star. He is beautiful and spirited – perhaps the best of Chrises.
So, what does he do in the main cable ministry?
If nothing else, the first episode of the six parts of TNT ] I'm the Night makes it clear what Pine has attracted to this project. He seems to have a bang playing the reckless, addictive tabloid reporter JJ Singularari: an archetypal neo-noer anti-hero, as cunning as it is damaged. Pine's Jay is halfway between Russell Crowe, Bud White and Ed Exley by Guy Pearce in the film L.A. Confidential – and I do not think the creators of the series are aware of the similarities. In fact, the best way to describe I'm the Night is "James Ellroy: The TV Show."
It is less obvious from an episode whether this show will measure to its influences, or if it is just a decent showcase of Chris Pine, filled with many derivative stories and acting. An hour in, I Am The Night is a categorically mixed bag.
"Pilot" spends most of his time presenting the main heroes of history. Singletary is a relatively easy person who can "get". About half of the episode, one of his colleagues, Peter Sullivan (played by Leland Orser) vaguely suggests that Jay has a long and complicated background. ("What's wrong with it, where do I even start?") But the essence really does happen quite quickly. Jay was marine. Jay saw a messy fight. Jay went home to resume his concert as a Los Angeles journalist before a big bear of history hit him in the ditch. (Some stories you can not tell, Sullivan says, "Some stories do not want to be told, some stories will eat you alive.")
The details of this legendary assignment – no mistake – remain unspoken. for now, but probably this is related to the true subject of "I am the night" (more about that at one point); and the other leading miniseries. India Aisley plays a hero depicted as Pat, a teenage teenage daughter of an irritating mother, and Golden Brooks living in a working class suburb in Reno, Nevada. A drunken night, Jimmy Lee finally tells the child the truth: her real name is Fauna Hodel, the granddaughter of wealthy Dr. George Hodel. Many years ago a desperate stranger at the Las Vegas bath offered Jimmy to raise the fauna, and the preacher's wife without the children jumped off the offer, although the masking of a little blond-haired girl as black for a decade was difficult
By the end of this first episode Fauna has left Nevada to pursue her inheritance without knowing that Grandpa George is already trying to find her. Her storyline falls into a promising place when the time comes out – which is a good thing, because for most of I Am The Night part one, almost every scene outside of Los Angeles is a resistance.
This is not the fault of Aysley – or Brooks – for that matter. Both actresses attack their parts with passion. But much of the Fauna storyline has been played as a lesson in the mid-fifties of the race, with the beats only striking the biggest and widest notes in a series of professional scenes: The fauna is rejected by the white girls in the breakfast room; Fauna threatened by black girls in school jail; the cops stop Fauna when she comes home from work with her dark-skinned girlfriend; and so on. This is a very limited and over-familiar description of this young woman's life. Apparently there are not much more to her than the struggles she faces.
To be honest, I'm the night is based on true history. She is inspired by Fauna Hodel's real memoirs One day she will darken [TNT'soriginaltitlea book that uses fantastic techniques to dig how she felt like a white girl who grew up in black and to explain how everything has changed when she learned about her relationship with George Hodel
As for George, he has his own measure of disgrace: many amateur spies and investigators define him as a person who in 1947 Elizabeth murdered. If true, it would make him one of the most famous unexploded Our killers of all time.
I'm the night will surely get into it all during the next five weeks, and some other big secrets hinted at in part one, but they were not explained. (I do not think any of these mysteries will be a surprise to someone after they finally come out, especially since they are openly mentioned on One day she will obscure the jacket, still, the interest to keep watching I will keep them for future reviews.) At the same time, the episode ends with a mockery of the upcoming decadence, showing a wild party bordering an orgy
Pine is executive producer of I'm the Night ] as well as his director Wonder Woman Patty Jenkins, who leads the pilot episode. The script is attributed to Jenkins' husband, Sam Sheridan, who has written several reputable memories of his life as a ruse adventurer and a MMA fighter.
Frankly speaking, writing is the weakest part of this series so far. Especially in the Nevada scenes, the dialogue is too blunt and too dependent on a pulsating version of the work class. The words pop up a lot more in the singletary scenes in Los Angeles. It is as if Sheridan, Jenkins, and Pine are more interested in the fictional hero they have inherited in Fauna Hodel's history than in the Fauna itself.
divide the character focus "problematic", as the young people say? Most likely. But I will give up the judgment that until later episodes.)
All this said, the episode is moving at a rapid pace, and although it is a serious topic, it is not as ruthlessly dark as the most -the prestigious TV drama. The most memorable sequence interrupts between two scenes of a walk around medical facilities: The Fauna makes some investigations of her origin in the hospital where she works, and Jay moves around the morgue in search of a story. The drama inherent to the Fauna's quest is undermined by Jay's almost unstoppable clash, when he accidentally locks himself into a drawer drawer and then sets a full glass of cocaine while trying to get a boom because he simultaneously using his lighter to see what he is doing.
This strange comical approach to the Singletary symbol stretches to a dark fun climatic scene in this episode where Jay tries to hang but instead collides with his back when distracted by a bell. It is not yet clear why a Pine Caliber star does this mini-series, but maybe it's just about getting a chance to make strange parts of the physical business like this and saying old school lines like: We can do this dance. We can jump. Just take a lily pad. "If so, God bless man. It's always fun to see that an actor has fun, even in a story of regret and despair.
- I started reading Hödel's book and I will use this space in the coming weeks to make a little comparison. and – the contrast between the two versions of the story. I also look forward to looking a little bit in the history of the Black Dahlia case and Los Angeles in the 1950s. I have a long-lasting fascination with LA talks. in every age, but especially since the mid-20th century. Whether I Am The Night turns out to be an overwhelming disappointment or an unimportant gem, I look forward to seeing what will follow.