When I first saw A Winter’s Tale with Colin Farel and I realized the woman he was interested in was Jessica Brown Findlay of Downton Abbey, I was excited. Then I saw that her character in this movie is the daughter of a wealthy and influential family who dies in bed after a dramatic moment, leaving the other characters in the room emotionally shattered. This is not a dig at her acting ability, but if she left Downton looking for a change of pace, it wasn’t a dramatic leap.
Enter Michelle Dockery. Her new character in Good Behavior couldn’t be a further departure from Lady Mary if Letty Dobash was butch lesbian. As is, she’s a con artist, thief, parolee walking the line, single mother estranged from her son and living in North Carolina. When she’s not battling addiction in all of its forms, Letty makes her living robbing hotel rooms, which puts her in contact with a contract killer named Javier.
After getting the drop on him and very nearly bungling one of his jobs, he decides she might be worth keeping around and press gangs her into working for him.
Michelle flat out owns the camera. The moment she walks onto the screen, she works hard to keep your attention. Whether it’s pulling off a convincing North Carolina accent and then switching voices and personalities to con her mark, or making a pipe and smoking (what I honestly hope is prop) crack, there’s never a moment in the show where her performance isn’t believable.
If you were a fan of Downton Abbey, Michelle busts out those same acting chops and then some. You won’t be disappointed. If you can watch Good Behavior on Xfinity, you’ll have the option of watching the explicit version. I’m not sure how much of a difference there is from the “not” explicit version, but I’d recommend it for anyone who is not squeamish.