LOVE & DEATH
Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Jesse Plemons, Lily Rabe, Patrick Fugit, Krysten Ritter, Tom Pelphrey, Elizabeth Marvel, and Keir Gilchrist
Creator: David E. Kelley
Objectively speaking, Love & Death is a decent true crime series that is held together by several solid performances, especially from Elizabeth Olsen; however, for me, it has the same problem as White House Plumbers. I just watched Hulu’s Candy, which is about the same murder and starring Jessica Biel, last year, so this series is nothing more than a redundant rehash. Comparatively, they are of about the same quality, with one doing a few things better than the other and vice versa, but, if you saw Candy, there is no reason to watch Love & Death. If you haven’t seen Candy, pick your poison.
Love & Death is just a dry and dull paint-by-numbers type of crime show, and it’s so straightforward that I can’t picture it cracking the interests of many. This true crime drama just doesn’t bring anything new to the table with its storytelling, especially considering that Hulu already told this tale with Candy. Yeah, Elizabeth Olsen gives life to her character, Candy Montgomery, but I can’t help but feel that it’s time to put this case to rest.
I don’t know everything about the Candy Montgomery (Elizabeth Olsen) story, but I know it’s much more complicated than the surface level, one-sided, and sympathetic approach that Love & Death took. It is hard for me to call this show bad, and it did pique my interest more in the second half of the season, but the lens through which this show is presented does not give the subject the nuance it requires. Olsen and the rest of the cast are great, and it’s well-put together; I just wasn’t engaged enough to care.