That’s what happens when you cast 3 beautiful women, who also know how to act, in a well written well-directed drama. Critics will not get tired of admiring it and fans like me will just fall in love with it.
Big Little Lies
A 7-part miniseries that tells the tale of three mothers of first graders, whose apparently perfect life unravel to the point of murder. It is based on a book written by Liane Moriarty. Reese Witherspoon plays Madeline who is a control freak and has a habit of getting into everyone else’s business, although her own life is spiraling out of control with each passing day. Then, there is Nicole Kidman, playing Celeste, a beautiful former lawyer (and an awesome one at that) who has a relationship with her husband which can be nothing less than dysfunctional, but she chooses to stick with him, hoping that things will turn out to be alright one day. Last, there’s Shailene playing Jane. A young mother who just came in town and wants to lead a happy life with her sweet little son, but she has a disturbing past which she is trying to forget but can’t.
So, you know, just a bunch of normal human beings they are.
From chapter one, you know that there has been a murder at the fundraiser event. People are being questioned and somehow everyone has something to say. In a small town like that, it is difficult to hide the rivalries, especially if you’re rich you become the source of gossip. After this, we switch back and forth between the statements of the town folks and flashbacks of the life of these three women leading to this point.
At first, I was curious to know who got killed. The creators were successful in confusing the audience by metaphorically pointing at different characters who could be killed, and by who. But, as you go on, you will know that they won’t tell who actually died till the last episode. This will happen around episode 3 and at that point, you will be so hooked, you will be guessing but you wouldn’t want to know. You would like this show to just go on. But like all good things, Big Little Lies ends too, and the ending is jaw dropping.
Reese, Nicole and Shailene are so good at what they did, I think I can watch the whole season again just to watch the prudent acting of these three divas once more, together as a team. Other than them, work done by Alexander Skarsgard, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz and Laura Dern was noteworthy. The kids have done a great job too. For first graders, they can certainly act.
The show has failed in gathering a lot of audiences but it sure has a dedicated viewership including fans who would love to see another kick ass season but I don’t think that could be possible. The series was complete in itself, there is no point in outspreading it unless you come up with a totally diverse storyline and making it an anthology, as done in the case of Fargo.
In the end, I would like to say that this show has it all, decent cinematography, near perfect direction by Jean Marc Vallee (directed all 7 episodes), a ‘who-done-it’ mystery, a fascinating intricate plot, splendid performances and a dazzling ending. Trust me on this, there are not many miniseries which will provide you the perfect balance of all this in only so few episodes. So, check it out.