One of the series I loved in 2017 was the Big Little Lies. I cannot wait to watch the second season but I want all the episodes streamed at a go before I start watching. Is it wrong that I can’t wait? Now let me be honest. The below review is an old one I posted on another one of mine now “lost blogs”. Hence a slight departure from the usual reviews. I did read the book right after but never bothered to write down my thoughts on the same separately at the time. As the second season has rolled in I felt I would like to make my review of the previous season part of my new blog. So here goes.
Big Little Lies stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley, and tells the story of three emotionally troubled women in Monterey, California, who become embroiled in a murder investigation. Alexander Skarsgård, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Adam Scott, James Tupper, and Jeffrey Nordling feature in supporting roles.
This time I will be writing about both the series as well as the book. To begin with the book, its beautifully written by injecting statements from minor characters giving us a different perspective other than the major characters . The characters are so fleshed out and you have strong reactions to them, like you either hate them or love them. Wonderfully written, Big Little Lies is definitely worth a read.
Coming to the series, obviously there are many changes from the book to fit the series mini episodes, yet, not much is different. The characters are spot on. Though I did wonder why they didn’t include Fred in it. Besides the obvious difference in climax which I think was better in the series, but we writers have a way to make things more dramatic on paper.
It is not a book/Tv series on whodunnit. It’s about these three women – Jane, Celeste and Madeline, two other supporting characters Bonnie and Renata. Each of them have their own quirks and thats what makes them human.
Some of the imagery in the show was too much at times, like jane constantly envisioning her run on the beach or someone trying to break-in to her house or others dreams. But I guess it was necessary to “show” how distraught they are in a short time unlike in the book where you have time to draw out these nuances.
It is a wonder how they summed it all up in just 7 episodes. I didn’t, to be honest, think it was just a one off mini series. I expected to have more seasons (ha!) but I was reading the book and watching it almost simultaneously, which I never do but I just had to check the writing and realised this was it.
I think the reason we have come to like it so much, is cause we can relate to them. We all keep secrets, some are dark and some even darker. We all want to put our best face on and show the world what a perfect life we are leading. I don’t know why we do that, what kind of pressure that is. Just imagine how much we could accomplish if we spoke the truth and helped each other instead.
But no, we all strive for perfection. ‘There is nothing wrong with my life’. And thanks to social media we are even pressurised to “show” it. It is sad that we try to show a make- believe world that doesn’t exist, cause believe me the best things in life cannot be shared or ‘posted’ on social media. It just happens.
The other thing I liked about the story was how genuinely good every character in this book was trying to be. How they tried to help the other women in distress even though they had humongous personal differences. I think it is more of a fantasy since no one is that good to anybody. We like it cause we wish it existed in real life too. I mean how many of us can be really that good to an ex-husbands wife or how many of us will actually defend a woman we don’t like with an abusive husband? How many of us will actually do something when it matters?
It was almost like wish fulfillments. I mean there is nothing wrong in not been perfect. Nobody is but we pretend to be and in turn do nothing about it when it really matters. Another part is obviously the entertainment factor cause I guess home makers think of themselves as leading a boring life and here was a show that showed the dramatic side to them. It was a show about them and how hard everything is on the inside though everything looks perfect on the outside. Nobody knows how hard it is to keep up that facade.
Overall, both the book and the series is worth the watch. I highly recommend it. What I loved the most was the performances. Every character felt lived through. All the actors standout yet nobody is outperforming the other. For all we know they could be our next door neighbours and we were having a peek through their lives. So go ahead and enjoy the coming weekend binge watching Big Little Lies!
IMDb rating – 8