Published On: Sat, Jul 9th, 2022

Apple TV+ Miniseries ‘Black Bird’ Is a Fascinating Entry in the Fictionalized True Crime Phenomenon

Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser in Black Bird

Black Bird is the latest in a long line of series that are taking true crime stories and turning them into fictionalized series. We’ve seen it with Under the Banner of Heaven and The Staircase recently, and now we’ve got Black Bird, the story of how Jimmy Keene got a confession out of murderer Larry Hall by tricking him into a friendship and letting Larry confide in him what he did. The series stars Taron Egerton as Jimmy Keene (with the late great Ray Liotta as Jimmy’s father, Big Jimmy Keene) and Paul Walter Hauser as Larry Hall, and takes us into their “friendship” as Jimmy is trying to get information out of Hall to get a reduced sentence so he can be out of prison and back with his father before he dies.

What I thoroughly enjoyed about this series is that, a lot like Under the Banner of Heaven, we get flashbacks to the victim’s life, and in a later episode, we get to see one narrated by Jessica Roach and go through her life and her final day before she met Larry Hall. We get to see the tactics that Larry would use in order to commit his horrific crimes, and the show doesn’t shy away from the fact that they were horrific, and even Jimmy Keene has a hard time trying to unpack everything that Larry did and was capable of.

The Mary Sue

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