Today’s review: Broadchurch
For the residents of the quiet seaside town of Broadchurch, life is easy. The neighbors are friendly, the summers are sunny, and the scenery is astounding; it is the perfect seaside paradise. The Latimer family are no different to any other family in Broadchurch…
Until the body of their son, Danny, is found on the beach underneath the towering cliffs.
The discovery throws Danny’s parents, Beth (Jodie Whittaker) and Mark’s (Andrew Buchan) worlds into utter chaos, and the police soon discover that there is more to this family than meets the eye.
New Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (David Tennant) is brought in to take over the case and along with Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Olivia Coleman), they discover that this supposedly sweet, innocent town harbors many dark secrets.
The entirety of the series revolves around the murder of young Danny Latimer and also explores the individual lives of each of the residents of Broadchurch. At this point in time, everyone is a suspect, but for the townsfolk to be ruled off the list, some have to re-open old wounds and dredge up long-buried secrets to prove their innocence.
Broadchurch takes the horror of murder to new heights in exploring in depth the effects that the loss of a loved one can have on an individual and the surrounding community. Unlike other murder mystery shows that simply touch on the ordeal that a family goes through whilst grieving, the show allows the viewer to delve into Beth and Mark’s lives as they struggle to cope with the thought of life without their son. The beautiful cinematography, combined with both brilliant acting and excellent script writing makes the audience feel as though they too are experiencing the emptiness and sorrow in the wake of Danny’s death, the frustration felt by DI Hardy at the pace at which the case is moving, and the struggle that DS Miller is going through with trying to learn more about her knew boss (who, incidentally, stole her chance at a promotion).
Other actors in the show include Arthur Darvill, David Bradley, Carolyn Pickles, Pauline Quirke, and Simone McAullay.
The cliffhangers at the end of each episode make the viewer desperate to learn more and make them want to tune in every week to see how the case progresses. The visual experience is fantastic, with footage of the stunning scenery of Broadchurch and effective close-up shots of the actors, setting the bleak and depressing mood of the show. The writing is incredibly effective in conveying the emotions of each scene, and the acting is top-notch.
I will definitely be following this series to its conclusion, and I desperately hope the producers are considering making more, because this show really is amazing. I highly recommend this for others to watch, as it takes a new approach to murder/drama and is really successful in its endeavor.
And also; David Tennant!! *screams and faints*