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Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies Review

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Big Little Lies has just completed its first season on TV. As a new show on television screens it comes blessed with quite a few big name actors which include Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard and Zoe Kravitz.

Big Little Lies tells the story of three mothers of young kids who are about to start their first year of school. However through a series of unfortunate events, one of the people from the seemingly rich town, with multiple well off individuals is going to be murdered! Just who that is, is kept a secret until the very end, with the show trying its best to keep viewers on their toes.

An interesting chain of events occurs in the first episode. After the parents come to pick their kids up from school, it turns out that one of the little girls has been choked sometime during the day by one of the boys. That boy turned out to be Jane’s (Shailene Woodley’s) son. The accusation causes much tension between the parents and sets off a chain of events, which eventually results in someone’s death.

The three mothers/friends consist of Reese Witherspoon’s Madeline, Nicole Kidman’s Celeste and Shailene Woodley’s Jane. The three characters become friends because of the choking incident, but all each individually have their own drama’s to deal with throughout the first season. Whether that be Celeste’s dealings with her violent husband, Madeline’s work on a controversial play as well as the time she has for gossip and also Jane’s plight with the choking incident and the hatred towards her that followed.

Reese Witherspoon plays Madeline - Big Little Lies Review

Reese Witherspoon plays Madeline – Big Little Lies Review

It’s all very interesting at first and as a show it has some mystery to it and it maintains itself quite well. While it’s not impossible to solve the mystery before the final episode of who was murdered etc. It can be entertaining to watch. There are some episodes though that to me seemed like filler, which is odd as it’s a very short 7 episode season to watch.

The show also has a bit of a strange mix of actors. While we have some very big name actors and actresses in there which are all quite good for what they did. The show also has quite a few unknown actors who seem to me to never really make an impact and are overshadowed completely by their more famous co-stars. As a show with so many characters, it was easy to forget quite a few of them.

The writing at times can be funny, but it’s also a bit over dramatic. Small incidents are blown way out of proportion, with characters not always having really anything happening except for minor incidents. In some episodes there’s a musical theme played on top of what’s going in, I guess to make things more light, but it seemed to me to be always out-of-place.

Overall Big Little Lies is a show worth checking out if you’re a fan of any of the actors involved such as Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard and Zoe Kravitz. There’s a bit of mystery to be had with watching this first season, but it’s a show that’s at times is really silly and over the top. It’s like it’s almost really great but somehow just didn’t come together as well as it could have, even with all the fun.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.