Big Little Lies (2017)

While Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why series is a journey to unleash the cruel malice of high school students, in Moviereviews.to’s opinion, HBO’s Big Little Lies series is the story of the lies of wealthy housewives. . What are the common points of these two series? They are all contained in it the bitter truths to … chilling.

“A perfect life is a perfect lie”.

That is the hidden truth behind the full, full life of three mothers Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Renata (Laura Dern) in the wealthy coastal town of Monterey. Everything will inherently still be as smooth and beautiful as it looks, until one day Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley) appears. A single mother with her son Ziggy arrives in town, bringing painful secrets that completely change the lives of these most famous mothers in Monterey.

Are they beautiful? Have. Do they have a beautiful husband and a good child? Have. Are they rich? Of course. So why should they lie? Simply put, they have secrets that they don’t want anyone else to know, especially those who are close to them.

An untruth is now and then a path for a mother to secure her own shortcoming in abusive behavior at home.  It’s a secret about a little love adventure of a housewife who is always bored and out of place. It was hiding the jealousy of a powerful CEO mother from full-time housewives. And there are many other small lies, thought harmless but extremely harmful. Especially when it accumulates too much over time and only needs a lie from an innocent little girl to explode into a devastating bomb.

Big Little Lies opens with a homicide where the character of the person in question and the executioner are both stowed away from the crowd. A way of manipulating, puzzling viewers to patiently stay with the movie until the last episode. A fairly effective method of filmmaking is often applied in movies with limited time. But if you use it too much in a TV series with plenty of time, it is easy to create a feeling of boredom and fatigue. Fortunately, the film only has 7 episodes, so just feeling bored in episode 6, the audience has right away to find the answer: Who died? And who is the killer?

Despite being swept up in the mysterious case, what makes Big Little Lies the biggest attraction lies in the lies – especially when the little truths are uncovered through each episode. Abnormally, the more the ideal, delightful front of housewives is uncovered, the more fulfilled the crowd will feel. It is as if we ourselves are supporting characters gossiping about them, being jealous of them, and in the end, half sympathetic and half gleeful because of the deceitful life they have built.

Adapted from the script from the hit book of the same name by author Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies is the second project after True Detective invested by HBO with a collection of big names of cinema. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern are all beautiful Hollywood Oscar “carpenters”. Shailene Woodley “criticized” Divergent for losing the price of switching from film to television but was not afraid to be a single mother in a short miniseries. And in order to balance the seductive sound that is somewhat redundant, a manly actor, Alexander Skarsgård, was chosen to play the movie’s “perfect” husband.

And yet, HBO is also willing to invite Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée (Demolition, Wild, Dallas Buyers Club, Young Victoria) to lead this project. Slowly, slowly, poetic but smoldering Jean-Marc’s ferocity once again maximized its effectiveness in Big Little Lies. The most impressive feature in the film is that the director spends most of his time describing the perfect life, about beautiful lies, but only revealing the truth through a few moments. It is like a splash of cold water splashed on the viewer watching the perfect life of the noble. A painful cut that shatters every cover that the characters elaborate on through each episode. And it’s not like we used to say, “Bitter medicine, the truth is heartbreaking.”

Another perfect plus point of this miniseries is great music. The character does not need too many long lines, because the special acting, sound, and visuals speak for what needs to be said subtly.

In any case, similar to the inborn attribute of numerous different transformations, Big Little Lies actually has very deplorable imperfections with regards to cutting a few subtleties in the story and afterward featuring some other pointless things. As in the case of housewife Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) is not paid much attention, but plays a key role at the end of the film. While the main character of Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) arose quite a bit of unnecessary drama.

However, overall, the Big Little Lies miniseries is still an excellent work that cannot be ignored by HBO this year. After True Detective, The Night Of, and now Big Little Lies, HBO continues to demonstrate its “superior” ability to “break” the line between cinema and television, inviting the star faces of The big screen appears in special social and psychological stories that are subtly told on the small screen, but like the inherent characteristic of many other adaptations, Big Little Lies still has shortcomings It is quite a pity to cut some details in the story and then make out some other unnecessary things. As in the case of housewife Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) is not paid much attention, but plays a key role at the end of the film.

However, overall, the Big Little Lies miniseries is still an excellent work that cannot be ignored by HBO this year. After True Detective, The Night Of, and now Big Little Lies, HBO continues to demonstrate its “superior” ability to “break” the line between cinema and television, inviting the star faces of The big screen appeared in special psychological and social stories that were very subtly told on the small screen.

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