Unlike other film actresses in her age group Oscar winner Kate Winslet has not suddenly started re-focusing her career onto playing roles in TV series. Even though her very first one Mildred Pierce potted her a Golden Globe in 2012.
Winslet, recently seen on the Big Screen in Francis Lee’s glorious sophomore movie Ammonite, still works non-stop, but more importantly at the same time, she is still making such perfect choices over the roles she plays.
Now in the new HBO Series Mare of Easttown, Winslet is sublime as a downtrodden Detective in a blue-collar town in Pennsylvania that seems to be in a time warp. Mare’s home life is complicated, to say the least. Her acerbic opinionated mother (the wonderful Jean Smart) has moved in to help take care of her 4-year-old grandson. His young father, Mare’s son, had died of an overdose and the drug addict mother is not allowed to have custody.
Completing the household is Mare’s lesbian teenage daughter who is starting to explore her sexuality. And in the house that is literally at the bottom of the gardens is Mare’s ex-husband with one too many chips on his shoulder, now living with his new fiance.
It seems that everyone in this small shabby town knows everyone else, mainly because none of them actually enjoy anything approaching an uncomplicated life
Whether this excellent series would be so completely mesmerizing and compelling without Winslet at the helm is hardly questionable. Also what we are also sure is that we’d love it if she signed up to do a follow-up series.