Big Little Lies is HBO’s latest miniseries based off of the novel by Liane Moriarty. The show chronicles the lives of three mothers living in the beautifully affluent area of Monterey, California. Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley play the roles of mothers of young children, each with a life more troubled than the next.
In an effort to escape her past, Jane Chapman (Woodley) packs up her young son, Ziggy, and moves to Monterey. On her son’s first day of the first grade, she connects with Madeline Mackenzie (Witherspoon) and Celeste Wright (Kidman), who have children of their own the same age. When Jane’s son Ziggy is accused of bullying another young girl in the class, an all out war erupts between the wealthy women of Monterey.
What I like about this show is the fact that in the very first episode, we are informed that a death occurs sometime in the near future and are immediately thrust into the investigation of this apparent murder. However, we have no idea what actually happens… not yet. Each episode slowly builds upon the story of each character, making every single person seem like an apparent suspect. It is a mystery in which we must take the pieces of the puzzle that we are given throughout the show and figure out what happens. I can say that I have watched the whole show to date, and I have ZERO clue what’s about to come. And that’s the fun of it. It is completely unpredictable.
However, while I have very much enjoyed the show thus far, I do have one concern: it’s only 7 episodes. With only 1 more left, I’m afraid it won’t be able to supply the satisfying conclusion I so desire. The show has put all of its focus into its characters, which I love; but, in the scheme of things, not a whole lot has happened. We are really relying on this final episode to tie up all of the loose ends and I’m not sure we’re going to get all of the answers we’re searching for. We may find out who dies and who did it, but will we find out what happens to the killer? I guess we’ll have to see.
Regardless of the ending, Big Little Lies has been quite a ride. With an all star cast of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley, accompanied by Laura Dern, Adam Scott, Alexander Skarsgard, Zoe Kravitz, and James Tupper, each episode contains incredible performances by extremely talented actors. The tension is hot and the drama is hotter. Adultery, spousal abuse, sexual assault, affluence, parenthood, judgment, competition, and so many more elements come into play, enhancing the excitement and emotion of each episode.
With a cast like this, you can’t go wrong. Big Little Lies concludes this Sunday at 9 PM on HBO.
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