Series Review: Big Little Lies

Elodie Cure Elodie Cure
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May 10th, 2017

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Review of: Big Littles Lies
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An elegant and attractive miniseries

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5
On May 10, 2017
Last modified:May 13, 2017

Summary:

The viewing of this series leaves a persistent mark and the feeling of having been the witness of intense emotions.

Review of: Big Littles Lies
Price:
An elegant and attractive miniseries

Reviewed by:
Rating:

5
On May 10, 2017
Last modified:May 13, 2017

Summary:

The viewing of this series leaves a persistent mark and the feeling of having been the witness of intense emotions.

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The first, and likely only, season of Big Little Lies has concluded. ComiConverse contributor Elodie Cure has this retrospective review.

Based on the Liane Moriarty's bestseller, Big Little Lies concluded its run on Monday the 2nd of April. Its seven episodes focused on the destiny of three housewives in the middle of a tragic series of events begun with an accident.

Big Little Lies stages the seemingly perfect lives of five women in the swanky, coastal town of Monterey, California. With a murder as a backdrop, the show is punctuated by examination scenes and flashbacks of events that have led to the death. All those revelations mirror the gossiping that has plagued this little affluent community.

Big Little Lies

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Often compared with Desperate Housewives, Big Little Lies is more luxurious, darker and much more elaborately constructed. Each episode gains depth and digs further into the lives of the wealthy mothers to reveal their secrets.

Skillfully written, the series immerses its audience in the lives of its protagonists. This way, it is easy to commiserate with those women whose personal lives are not as perfect as their make-up and wardrobes. Money doesn’t protect from divorce, identity crisis or domestic violence. Those ladies conceal their miseries behind the four walls of their opulent residences and with well-thought lies. Each character is detailed to perfection and we learn all their weaknesses and strengths.

Big Little Lies

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The stellar performances of the lead trio must be commended. There is the subtle and fragile Nicole Kidman, with a dazzling and exuberant Reese Witherspoon and the skillful Shailene Woodley, best known for her turn in the Divergent films,  perfectly cast as a young, disoriented mother preoccupied with her past. Special mentions as well for the supporting actors such as Zoë Kravitz as an affable hippie, Alexander Skarsgard as a narcissistic pervert and Laura Dern as a troubled businesswoman.

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The staging by Jean Marc Vallée is neat ihghlights the human tragedies endured by these upper middle class characters. The series is directed with coherence and intelligence until its climax where revelations and suspense explode. The end of the season is subtle and gives free rein to audience imaginations after 45 minutes of extreme stress.

When a series is not only addictive but also obsessive, it cna hardly fail to entertain. Big Little lies is unquestionably succeeds at capturing and rewarding audience attention. Striking and intense, the show,will enthrall viewers and make them glad they watched.

Big Little Lies

Credit: HBO

The narration is beautifully realized, and the casting, worthy of an Oscar bait film, is brilliant.

Despite its incredible success, Big Little Lies is unlikely to continue. Jean Marc Vallée has said:

“There is no way; there’s no reason to make a season two. That was meant to be a one-time deal, and it’s finishing in a way where it’s for the audience to imagine what can happen. If we do a season two, we’ll break that beautiful thing and spoil it. I mean, I’d love to work with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman and all these women again but not to make a season two. I loved it. It’s a great show, and I’m so happy and excited to have been the chosen one to do this.”

Nothing has been confirmed for the moment but it would be a treat to see the talented cast together again, especially the three leads.

Elodie Cure is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow her on Twitter @Elodie_Cure.

Big Littles Lies

  • 5

An elegant and attractive miniseries

The viewing of this series leaves a persistent mark and the feeling of having been the witness of intense emotions.

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