FOXBOROUGH - One of the major niches that Netflix has carved out for itself has been the true crime genre of documentary series. After the runaway success of Making a Murderer, Netflix has pursued the true-crime threads to immense success. Now, their latest dip into those waters centers around one of the most infamous players in NFL history: Aaron Hernandez.
Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez is a three-part documentary series that debuted on Netflix last Wednesday. Directed by Geno McDermott, produced by Blackfin and Makemake, and distributed by Netflix, The Mind of Aaron Hernandez takes you inside the life of the former New England Patriots tight end. It begins with his rise to prominence, covers the matter of his 2017 suicide, and mostly deals with the case surrounding the murder of Odin Lloyd, of which Hernandez was found guilty.
Now that the documentary series has been released to the public, critical reaction has come out about the show. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 100%. One of the reviews culled by the website comes from Bob Hohler of The Boston Globe, whose blurb reads, "The finest video documentary yet on the Hernandez tragedy, Killer Inside is richly enhanced by archival footage." The series was also praised by Ashlie D. Stevens of Salon, who appreciated the element that CTE played in Hernandez's life trajectory.
Of course, the documentary was not without its controversies. Elements of Hernandez's sexuality have fallen under scrutiny. Additionally, Jose Baez, the defense attorney on the case said Hernandez's daughter was featured too prominently in the series.
I had already resigned myself to the fact that I would not be checking out this series. In my mind, it seemed like a really tragic and depressing story that I already knew pretty well. I figured, what more could I gain by watching the documentary series that I didn't already know as someone who followed the entire case as it unfolded in real-time?
However, it seems like the acclaim is widespread enough that it might actually be worth giving it a go. What do you think? Have you seen the Hernandez documentary series? Would you recommend it?
Image via Flickr/Aaron Frutman