I love a good TV show. I get addicted to shows more than pretty much else in this world and I have been known to disappear for a few days with some two-minute noodles and a box set. Only to return with unbrushed hair, the same pajamas I left in and nutella stains on my pants. How to Get Away With Murder is one of those shows that makes me like this. I locked myself away with the first season and watched it in three days, only to find out I have to wait ages for the second season. I am currently dying.
What is it about?
A pretty girl at a university campus goes missing and is found dead, everyone is on edge but life on campus goes on. It is a new year of law school and their first class with Annalise Keating, a talented criminal lawyer who teaches the class called How To Get Away With Murder.
She choses five students to join her firm and apply their legal knowledge to help criminals escape their charges. Through a twisted turn of events her apprentices discover the culprit of the murder and it hits too close to home, resulting in deadly outcomes. They have to try to keep what they know a secret, keep out of jail and live with the doubt as to whether they were right in their conclusions.
First of all I would like to say that I greatly approve of Viola Davis for the role of Annalise Keating. She does an amazing job of emulating the character. She portrays a powerful and strikingly intelligent woman, but behind closed doors she is a damaged woman. She pays both parts to perfection and makes every situation seem so utterly realistic. I especially love the scene where she strips back everything we know about the character by taking her make up off in front of the camera. It is very moving and raw.
I think that the casting directors did great with the other characters. I feel like they are perfect for each part as you have the intelligent insufferable rich girl who is more than she seems, the obnoxious rich boy, the kid from the wrong side of the tracks, the good looking but smart guy and the pretty girl who stands up for people’s rights but who may or may not come from a mafia family. The actors take these roles and make them real. It is fantastic and I couldn’t imagine anyone else in these parts.
I love the use of lighting that they use depending on the scene. For flash backs the lighting is darker and more dramatic. It is like a dark haze is cast over that time. Conversely, during the times of the present action the lighting makes everything grotesquely vivid. Everything is under view and you can scrutinise every detail. It heightens the suspense as you feel like everything they do ins under a microscope.
They use a lot of camera angles to intensify the mystery and increase the viewer’s sense of fear. I know that I was certainly looking over my shoulder during the week after I watched it. They use a lot of face shots during the dramatic scenes, whereas if you are looking at a body the camera is facing up at the person who stands over it or down the stairs where a person was pushed. It makes you put yourself in that position and creeps the hell out of you.
If you are looking for the next TV show to take over your life, you should try How To Get Away With Murder. It will have you enthralled from the beginning to the very end. It is filled with deep mystery and suspense, which will have you at the edge of you seat or hiding under the covers. It will tear your morality to shreds and serve up your soul for dinner. I highly recommend this show.
Have you watched it? What do you think? What was your favourite part about it and without giving spoiler away, did you see that coming for the ending?