HBO’s dark and harrowing miniseries Sharp Objects becomes a light-hearted romp when given a new intro in the style of the goofy 1990s sitcom Full House. Based on Gillian Flynn’s novel, Sharp Objects tells the story of Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), a journalist returning home to the small Southern town of Wind Gap to investigate the gruesome murders of two teenage girls. But Camille is dealing with a lot more than just a murder-mystery as she reunites with her unloving mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson), and makes a new connection with her troubled half-sister Amma (Eliza Scanlen).
As important to the show as the thriller plot is Camille’s own battle with the demons of alcoholism and self-harm, as she tries to come to grips with her own past and that of the town that spawned her. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, Sharp Objects took viewers on a disturbing journey into the fractured mind of Camille, and into the broken soul of Wind Gap. Adams, Clarkson and Scanlen are all receiving major awards buzz coming off the series’ acclaimed eight-episode run.
For some viewers, the journey of Sharp Objects was just a little too harrowing, especially the series’ finale which took the darkness to even deeper and more profoundly horrifying levels. For those who might have preferred the show to have a more light-hearted tone, YouTube channel DoingOK is here with a different take on the show’s broken and miserable characters. In the video below, Sharp Objects turns from a soul-crushingly bleak exploration of the human condition into a light-hearted sitcom all about a nice town filled with smiling, happy people, thanks to an intro in the style of Full House.
In this re-imagined Wind Gap, Camille, Adora and Amma aren’t living through a Southern Gothic nightmare in a town with a twisted past. There’s no sign of Camille’s alcoholism or cutting, or Adora’s propensity to poison her own children, or Amma’s psychopathic and murderous behavior. There’s no hint that people are trying to fill the empty places in their souls with meaningless sexual encounters, or that everyone is medicating with booze and drugs. And there’s no sign of any murdered teenage girls with their teeth ripped out.
The video is oddly perfect, because in many ways Sharp Objects is about the smiling, happy facade that exists on top of the true darkness lurking beneath the surface of life. The video simply focuses on the happy-seeming moments and forgets about the horror and pain and toxicity the permeates the world just out of view. Of course, though this lightened version of Sharp Objects might be a lot less depressing, it also would have no chance of garnering huge critical acclaim and Emmy buzz for its three brilliant female leads.