‘Big Little Lies’ May Be The Best Show Ever Made

Jack Julow, Writer

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Two years ago, Big Little Lies debuted on HBO with an all-star cast, featuring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoe Kravitz to much critical acclaim. It went on to claim every award imaginable with Kidman gaining much praise for her role. Since Season Two is coming to replenish HBO in June after Game Of Thrones will conclude, I decided to hype myself up by rewatching the first seven-episode season in anticipation. Then, I realized how phenomenal the show truly is in every aspect and how much I missed the world of Monterey created by David E. Kelly.

 

Big Little Lies tells the story of Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Witherspoon), Celeste Wright (Kidman), and Jane Chapman (Woodley) as they become entangled in drama that ends up in a dead person, which begins the day little Amabella gets choked on orientation day. I’ve had the privilege of reading Liane Moriarty, the original book that the showed is adapted from, and a vast majority of differences are made for great reasons that transform the page-turner book into a bingeable series. The series relies much on the two mysteries of the show: the bully in the classroom and who ends up dead on the school’s trivia night. In addition to the main trio, Renata (Dern) and Bonnie (Kravitz) add more perspective to the situation by introducing conflict and truly supporting the leads.

 

I have never seen a better portrayal of women in a show before or since Big Little Lies. Not only are there various perspectives, but each character is written so complex and well. The talented actresses have the privilege to bring the juicy roles to life with finesse. The story is so complex and plot lines so interwoven, keeping the pace up without any scenes dragging it down. I must point out how Jean-Marc Vallee’s directing works perfectly for the show. Transitions are always well done, the music choice is phenomenal, and the directing decisions are always bold. From David E. Kelly’s lush scripts to Yves Bélanger’s cinematography, everyone challenges themselves behind the camera. I absolutely adore the show.

 

I feel the best sales pitch for this show is calling it “the best Real Housewives episode with a great script, Oscar-worthy acting, and a William Faulkner-esque mystery.” If that doesn’t scream exciting, I don’t know what does. I do not understand why you are not dropping everything to binge the first season and prepare yourself for more of the Monterey community. Until then, I will just keep replaying the soundtrack until the fateful Sunday comes when Big Little Lies returns.

 

The first season of Big Little Lies can be found on HBO Now and HBO Go, and Season Two premieres in June. 

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