Review of HBO’s Miniseries, “Big Little Lies”

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By Joe Durante

Contributing Writer

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

On February 19, 2017, producers Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Jean Marc Vallee released an eight episode miniseries on HBO. “Big Little Lies,” is a drama series that runs with the tagline “It’s a wonderful lie,” and it’s based off the book by Liane Moriarty.

“Big Little Lies” stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott and Zoe Kravitz.

This is truly the best cast I have seen in a television miniseries since FX’s “American Crime Story: The People Vs. OJ Simpson.” Everyone does a terrific job with each performance and their acting really sucks its viewers in.

The story is about three women living in a beautiful beachfront town called Monterey, California.

Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) is the woman who thinks she is the perfect wife with the perfect husband with the perfect daughters living in the perfect house in her made- up perfect life.

Meanwhile, as she is working on the play “Avenue Q” for her town’s local playhouse, Madeline ends up having an affair with a man who is working on the play with her. Madeline is also having problems with her daughter Abigail who wants to be free spirited and also wants to live with her father, who is Madeline’s first husband, and his wife Bonnie who is played by Zoe Kravitz.

Kravitz does a terrific job as Bonnie and it made me forget about her dreadful performance in the worst movie of 2017 “Rough Night.”

Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman) is a mother to twin boys and married to a wealthy business man who is an extremely abusive husband to her while she is continuing to play the role as the good wife and mother until enough is enough.

Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley) is a single mother who is “The New Kid On The Block” with a son named Ziggy who is about the same age as Madeline and Celeste’s kids. Together, the team of four will be starting the first grade together. Jane has an extremely dark past and especially when she was pregnant with Ziggy, but I am not going to reveal too much about that intense plot line.

What ends up happening to these three mothers is that they become the targets of a murder investigation and almost every episode is a flashback to what had happened during the investigation and the murder.

In every episode of the miniseries, we always get one specific flashback and the final episode does a terrific job tying everything in on who is the show’s murder victim and murderer.

I am not going to give too much away in this review of this terrific miniseries, but all you need to know is that it’s the perfect HBO show to watch. As I said before, the show does a terrific job of tying in who will be the victim and who will be the killer. Another thing that this miniseries shows is that there are plenty of strong women who make incredible contributions to society. In a way, I almost viewed this show as a love letter to our mothers who make sacrifices for the best in order to give their families a better life. Finally for those who want to watch “Big Little Lies” but don’t have HBO, sign up for HBO Go. A+ for “Big Little Lies.”

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