I’ve just finished watching HBO’s “Big Little Lies” as part of my ongoing series of “shows I need to see before the Emmys” and I loved it.
Starring Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Reese Witherspoon, it’s based on the namesake book written by Liane Moriarty.
Before watching the pilot, I knew very little about it. Just that involves a murder mystery, a small town and the lives of these three women.
Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) has two children, a part time job at the theatre comunity, an ex-husband who remarried. Her current huband is Ed (played by the lovely Adam Scott who has a majestic beard you won’t forget). She is chatty, very involved in the comunity and on the first day of school, she befriends a young women called Jane.
Jane Chapman is single mom who recently moved to town. She is young and completely different from all the other moms. We know very little about her and her past.
Celeste Wright is Madeline’s best friend. She has two twin boys and a younger husband. The relationship with said husband seems perfect, her marriage rock solid. But there is more than meets the eyes.
By the end of the episode, you see all three women getting ready to go to bed and the atmosphere shifts: while before you felt the mystery and the secrets, now all I perceived was sadness. Utter emptiness in Madeline, Jane and Celeste’s eyes.
I really like the writing and directing: the story is told in medias res, they start by introducing the women and their lives and in between that, the aftermath of the murder: the police describing the extend of the victim’s injuries and the interrogarions of some member of the community. All of this, without revealing the identity of the person who was murdered.
The first show that comes to mind where they have used this technique is “The Affair” (Showtime). And I really really like it. This one is even more particular, that is because it’s not the main characters who are interviewed, but merely bystanders.
I am hooked and I cannot wait to continue it. I have heard that some things are different than the book and some have said that it is not as good. I don’t really care. I’m just looking for amazing television.
There isn’t much else too say… It’s gripping, entertaining and it makes you want to bing watch it all in one day.
As soon as I finished it, I will let you know my overall opinions. Even though I am pretty sure I will like it. A lot.
Hope you liked this quick post. At least for my standards. 🙂
Let me know your thoughts about it and if you’ve read the book or see the show!
I’m so excited for the Emmys!!!