Big Little Lies (2017 – )
TV Mini Series / 1h / Drama, Mystery
The early promos for Big Little Lies left something to be desired and I really hate it when the build up doesn’t make me want to watch the show – but HBO rarely lets me down and I try to watch at least the pilots for pretty much everything offered.
I was hooked in the first 15 minutes.
I’m in that weird stage of my life where I want to be a mother so badly but my brain talks me out of it every day by reminding me of the tower of character flaws that will ensure my failure in motherhood – so I like to watch other mothers and study them and list all of the things I could probably do and list all of the things that are going to ruin what I’ve got goin on for a year or so. I’m in a spiral.
So clearly, a show about mothers who are also in spirals greatly appeals to me.
Madeline (Witherspoon), Celeste (Kidman) and Jane (Woodley) are our leading trio, all with first graders and 2/3 with seemingly great marriages and beautiful homes and the perfect community. Jane is a single mother, new in town and on a mission. We watch their lives and lies unfold over a period of 7 episodes and receive a super satisfying resolution and a deep longing in our chests for more.
Reese Witherspoon made this show for me. I’ve never been a huge fan but she does remind me of my mother sometimes and especially in her motherly moments during Big Little Lies. I was enthralled, I had the biggest girl crush and I. Just. Love. Her. as Madeline. Her on screen daughter, Chloe, was so precious and has a better taste in music than I ever will (she is depicted picking and choosing the AMAZING soundtrack) – her marriage to Ed (Adam Scott) is sweet but riddled with insecurities and the trivialities of dealing with ex husbands and new wives and shared kids – her arc was my very favorite.
I don’t like Nicole Kidman. I never have and now I never will because she’s old and thin and now I know she has perfect nipples. Her angle with the insane domestic violence fetish got old but was important to the story overall. I really hated her husband Perry (Skarsgard) but I really just kind of hated her too. And her twins were little punks.
Jane was a neutral addition to the trio that tied in so scarily perfectly I lose by breath a little when I think about it. I don’t like Woodley as an actress and I wish they had made a better choice but when juxtaposed as a tired, working single mom against the flawless stay at home moms with passionate hobbies – she fit. Because she stuck out like a sore thumb. In fact, she even kind of looks like a thumb.
I will watch this over and over again and love every episode as the mystery unravels in front of me again. Even though I know the secret. Even though I know the victim. Even though I know who the dad is. And it will take my breath away each and every time.