Monday, August 14, 2017

Big Little Lies directed by Jean-Marc Vallée

I am still reeling from a weekend of completely binge watching this entire mini-series.... If you are someone who must read the book before watching the film/TV adaptation check out the review for the book Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty here by staff member, Sara. But I am here to talk about the whirlwind multi Emmy-nominated HBO show based off that book.

Having not read the book prior to watching this, I had no idea what the plot was. All I knew that the previews looked drama-filled and juicy. The intro with tunes from Michael Kiwanuka could be an episode in itself. The show starts in the aftermath of a party with one person dead. We do not know who the victim is or any of the suspects. Next are a series of brief police interviews with people from their town of Monterey, California, painting a picture of the lives of the rich, bored housewives in their beach community. But behind all the petty mommy gossip of the little town lies much bigger secrets.

We then meet the three main characters: Nicole Kidman as Celeste, a retired lawyer with a handsome husband and twin boys. Jane, Shailene Woodley, a young, mysterious single mom who has just moved to the area. And Madeline, brilliantly played by Reese Witherspoon, head honcho of Monterey who befriends Jane. As the three women grow closer together, we get closer to the truth as more secrets are exposed. You will laugh at the ridiculous drama between the competitive women, cry at the complicated and familiar relationships with their children, friends and spouses, and be terrified as the killer is exposed.

I do not know if the plot and characters stay 100% true to the book, but I can say the chemistry and performance of the actors chosen for this adaptation were mesmerizing! Witherspoon, Kidman, and Woodley played each role with graceful ease and made you envy to be a part of their clique. Noteworthy supporting characters were played by Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and Nicole Kidman's wig. The added amazing soundtrack only heightens their performances. I was very disappointed once I had finished all 7 episodes. But if rumors are true we can be on the watch for a season 2... fingers crossed!

For more family mysteries try Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown. For more binge worthy dramas try the Showtime series Billions Season 1 starring Damien Lewis and Paul Giamatti.

By Stevie Z.

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