Big Little Lies (TV)

A while back, I attempted to read Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies (Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty Book Review) and I wasn’t a big fan. I thought that maybe I wasn’t quite part of the target audience, maybe there was a saturation of mom-books on the market but I just couldn’t get myself to finish it.

That being said, I had time during lockdown to immersem myself in the wonderful series starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman as well as that chick from Divergent I can never remember the name of.

When Madeline and Celeste take new-in-town single mom Jane under their wing, none of them realize how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

Trigger warning: Rape, domestic abuse, violence, adultery

The soundtrack is amazing and the few actors who decide to sing along are absolutely nailing it. Zoe Kravitz stole the show with Don’t during the trivia night.

Season 1 ends with a murder which is hinted throughout the entire season. Because none of the main players are ever in the police interviews, it makes you think who will it be? Will it be the domestic abuse victim who is beaten once too many times? Will it be one of the kids in a schoolyard incident? Is it the newcomer who will be ganged up on by the residents (we don’t want your kind in here!)

I didn’t imagine how it would go down or who did it! (no spoilers)

Season 2 brings in Glen Close who throws a fantastic performance as a very insightful yet not very social mother in law coming to help with the kids as the person who just lost another in the first season is dealing with the funeral arrangements. (no spoilers)

I loved the courtroom take and the battle of the wills.

“All conflict can be traced back to someone’s feelings getting hurt, don’t you think?”

Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies

At the end of the season you’re left happy that everything was actually close off successfully. There won’t be a third season and I think they did really well.

“Every day I think, ‘Gosh, you look a bit tired today,’ and it’s just recently occurred to me that it’s not that I’m tired, it’s that this is the way I look now.”

Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies

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