Pros & Cons: Big Little Lies

Do you really want to live in the heavenly Monteray?

Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman) are two women who lead perfect and enviable lives in the city of Monterey, taking care of their apparently impeccable families. The arrive of Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley) and her son Ziggy will bring to light many, dark, hidden secrets.

Pros: The soundtrack is incredible, reaching high levels with Zoe Kravitz singing Elvis Don’t and with the beautiful Michael Kiwanuka’s Cold Little Heartused as main theme (after True Blood, Game of Thrones and Westworld HBO confirms to be a master in this field once more). The cinematograpy and the set (interiors and outdoors) are astonishing, perfectly matching the desired perfection of the characters. The performances of the actors are really convincing, as their competence in creating believable characters manages to make me dislike most of them. Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley (the most credible and real), the fearsome (but always handsome) Alexander Skarsgård and, obviously, all the children are those I’ve preferred. Finally, the way how suspense is created is noteworthy, making me want to watch all the episodes to discover who died.

Cons: Even though Big Little Lies succeeds in making the audicence crave to watch the episodes, the lack of originality is undeniable. It was not actually hard to imagine what is going on. The other main flaw is the difficulty in actually empathize with the female characters, overall Madeline and her badly hidden duplicity: Reese Witherspoon’s performance is so good that I can’t stand her character.

Big Little Lies, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (The Young Victoria, Dallas Buyers Club) is, despite everything, an interesting TV-miniseries. Maybe it’s not necessary to rush to recover it, but it’s more than enjoyable. 

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