I’ve watched many, many movies and TV shows this year. Few, however, have stuck with me the way that The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst has. Chances are good that if you’re into real crime and documentary filmmaking, you’ve already seen The Jinx. But with the Blu-ray hitting shelves next week, now is as good a time as any for you to check it out.
Robert Durst is, allegedly, a murderer three times over who keeps escaping the long arm of the law through technicalities and the deep pockets of his wealthy family. Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki (who made the truly great and equally icky Capturing the Friedmans) sets out to try to uncover the truth behind the semi-legend that is Robert Durst. Over the course of the series’ six episodes, Jarecki catches us up on Durst’s history and brings us into present day, taking a (for the most part) non-biased look at Durst’s past.
Like a lot of real crime shows, The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst takes a little time to pick up. But once you start to unpack who Robert Durst truly is, and learn the stories behind his past encounters with the law, few TV shows can match the intensity and drama of The Jinx. Collectively, this show makes up six hours of the best TV you can watch this year. I highly recommend it, and it’s definitely worth your time.