‘Candy‘ is a crime drama that streamed to Hulu for five episodes. It was created by Nick Antosca and Robin Veith. The show is based on the tragic killing of Betty Gore, who was slain by her husband’s mistress Candy Montgomery in Wylie, Texas.
Candy Montogomery (Jessica Biel) is a loving mother and seemingly good wife to her husband Pat (Timothy Simons). However, she becomes unfulfilled and begins an affair with her volleyball teammate Allan Gore (Pablo Schreiber). Allan breaks off the affair after he and his wife Betty (Melanie Lynskey) go through marriage counseling. A few months later, Betty is found brutally murdered with an ax. At first, Candy seems innocent, but local police officer Deffenbaugh (Justin Timberlake) becomes suspicious. However, she confesses to her lawyer Don Crowder (Raúl Esparza) that she killed Betty, though she tries to spin it as self-defense. This sends the small town into a spiral.
The show is incredibly well done and has tremendous performances by the cast. I especially thought Biel and Lynskey did well in their roles. Biel definitely personified the niceness that hid a murderous intent while Lynskey portrayed the troubled housewife who just wants her family together. The two of them made the series work.
I will admit that some of the flashbacks did get confusing as far as the timeframe. Other than that, I thought it was very well-made and I appreciate the focus on the victim. They did a good job of reminding you that an innocent woman was murdered and that she would not get true justice.
It was also an indictment of this “affairs help the bored spouses.” Usually Hollywood promotes this way of thinking, so it was good that a show displayed the consequences of seeking fulfillment in the carnal. I found it unusual but refreshing for a change.
Check out the trailer below:
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Foul language, Brutal violence, Rude humor, Sexuality
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