Friday Favorites; ‘Big Little Lies’

When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad.

Let me start by saying that I have watched “Big Little Lies” all the way through, four times. It’s only eight episodes so it isn’t that major of an accomplishment, but I think if I watch it two more times I’ll set a record or something. Every time someone tells me they haven’t seen it, I immediately volunteer to watch it with them. I have watched it twice by myself, once with my mom, once with my best friend and I’ll probably watch it again before season two is released.

The HBO series follow a group of moms, all carrying dark secrets, seem to live perfect lives to the outside world. With the competitive world of parenting a kindergartner comes a lot of drama between the mothers, as their secrets become harder and harder to hide. Through all the drama viewers are trying to figure out the series of events that led to the first scene of the show, in which we are thrown into the midst of a homicide investigation. A surprise twist at the end shows how we are not that different from one another and life can be so much better if we just all come together. It teaches a valuable lesson to never judge the choices of others without taking a moment for a little self reflection. It is all about the strong bonds women can create once they put all the pettiness aside and approach others with an open mind.

The characters were all beautifully flawed women, who are all characters we can learn from. The ways in which they were brought to life was done extremely well. Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon gave wonderful performances. When I was watching, I didn’t see Elle Woods from Legally Blonde or Satine from Moulin Rouge. I saw an uptight Madeline Martha Mackenzie and a scared yet strong Celeste Wright. The show and its cast deserved every Emmy and Golden Globe it was awarded and I seriously cannot wait for season two and the addition of Hollywood royalty Meryl Streep.


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