Sugar

Sugar

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Though it lacks genuine thrills, this old-fashioned noir starring a debonair Colin Farrell delights through style and nostalgia

7.2

TV Show

Ireland, United States of America
English
Drama
2024
Alex Hernandez, Amy Ryan, Colin Farrell

TLDR

If you’re an Old Hollywood fan, you’ll have fun with this homage—otherwise, Sugar’s core mystery might leave you unsatisfied.

What it's about

When private detective John Sugar (Colin Farrell) is commissioned to look for a big-time Hollywood producer’s missing granddaughter, he gets more involved than planned.

The take

The first thing that hits you about Sugar is its style: this is a show tailor-made for fans of a bygone Hollywood era, an era dominated by film noir and dapper leading men like Humphrey Bogart, whom Sugar emulates throughout the series. The show inserts clips from old films and, even better, echoes their style through tasteful jumpcuts and fisheye lenses. It’s dripping with panache, and Farrell is undeniably cool as he narrates his investigation and inner demons. That said, Sugar is also a show that’s more style than substance. If you strip it off its snazzy clothes, you’re left with the barest bones of a mystery that is simply too cliched to stand on its own. If you’re looking to dive into a heady mystery with surprising twists and thrills, you’re better off watching something else. However, if you’re a true blue fan of vintage noir, the kind who still puts TCM on religiously and swears nothing new can compare to the old, then this is your show.

What stands out

Farrell and his commitment to giving a hard-boiled, old-fashioned noir performance. There are times when it teeters on parody, rather than homage, but he ultimately sells it.

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