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Big Little Lies (2017-)
An assorted bouquet of beautiful flowers in full bloom. The house versus Meryl Streep was everything. 22-Jul-2019
The entire production splatters art all over its walls. Did Meryl Streep accept this role to scare Trump? Brava. 20-Jul-2019
The ladies continue marveling and the word is written by writers who have explored life. 13-Jul-2019
Children hear the darndest things. Meryl's on the case, the ladies are grinding and the drama has my attention. 30-Jun-2019
At end, Nicole steals a chunk of it, Reese gets a moment and Shailene is unfortunately relegated to reaction scenes. The mystery was resolved with little drama and less surprise and hints suggested in earlier episodes were ignored or swiftly wrapped. Female courtesy is fully established but parenting is still in question. Why did it take any child this long to squeal and to trust their parent? Is the intervention of a child's world out of bounds? That is the mystery never answered. 04-Apr-2017
Every week the expectation of even a kernel to a hint of the mystery is doused. The only way to compensate this frustration is if the finale depends on the reveals to make it explosive. In the interim we get three forcible actresses who put their star quality first as the actor in them unravels. Reese dominated the first episodes by being a fierce competitor and an overprotective presence without depriving us of the charm that made her a star. Shailene Woodley is capable and subdued but her character is a question mark that has not been classified. Laura Dern inhabits the witchy and bitchy suburbanite spreading insecurity and paranoia to all her obstacles. Nicole Kidman's story is hardest to digest as she has to withstand sexual exploitation and abuse but once she opens up she never flinches and she makes you recall her real marriage to an alpha. The scenes of her in counseling are beautifully open. Alexander Skarsgard is the epitome of the model husband and actor but nothing else. 23-Mar-2017