Why You Should be Watching Big Little Lies

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HBO mini-series, Big Little Lies, is both a comedic and dark drama about a simple beach-town in Monterey. Although from the outside looking in this beach-town seems calm and a perfect image, perfection is not always portrayed as it seems. This show highlights that initial perceptions of a perfect society, which oftentimes truly revolve around lies, mischief, and secrets. In this show, those mechanisms of hateful imperfections leads to a mystery murder, making it eerie and full of anticipation.

Stars in this show include Reese Witherspoon, who plays Madeline; Nicole Kidman, who plays Celeste; and Shailene Woodley, who plays Jane. These three all-star actresses portray both riches and poverty, considering their wealthy life-styles yet horrifying pasts. which affect their current relationships. Madeline, Celeste, and Jane are mothers to children and expose volatile conflicts within their “perfect” lives, which break apart relationships, marriages and friendships.

Concurrently, Big Little Lies also weaves in future scenes of a brutal murder scene and questionings of the local Monterey community by police. However, even though there is only one episode left this coming Sunday, it is still much too difficult to tell who the the culprit of this brutality was. In fact, it seems impossible for the weaving between the future and present to be fully mended in just one episode considering all of the loose strings. 

This subversive and seven-part limited series is based on the New York Times number-one bestseller of the same name by Liane Moriarty. It also executive produced by known actresses who are main stars on the show, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. Additionally, David E. Kelley and Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl; Wild; the Oscar nominee Milk) are other executive producers. It is is a Pacific Standard/Blossom Films/David E. Kelley Productions production for HBO Films.

If you haven’t been keeping up to date with this drama already, I recommend that you start binging as soon as possible. For those who have already watched the addictive series, do you think we will ever find out who the murderer is? You be the judge after watching the finale titled, “You Get What You Need,” this Sunday, April 2.

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