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When a new show comes out and in this case, HBO wants us to know about it, they'll advertise the heck out of it. Also in this case, they cast a bunch of big names such as Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Alexander Skarsgård and Zoe Kravitz among other notables. I saw the ad for Big Little Lies many times and never checked it out, don't we all just have a lot on our plate that adding another show to binge doesn't rank high on the list of priorities? I always do like a good show though. It was only until a friend recommended it and said how good it was did I decide to take notice. Well I had noticed it, so all of those marketing dollars weren't a waste, I just didn't act on it until my friend mentioned it, word of mouth still goes a long way. I did some research and found out it's based on a best-selling novel by Liane Moriarty. That's always a good sign. With it being based on a book and top-notch actors in the line-up, it has to be good, right?
books as well, which are now next on my list to pick up. So these complicated relationships sit upon a picture perfect setting. You get a front row seat into dinner conversations and nighttime rituals among characters who seem to have it all, careers, children, beautiful homes and little by little issues start to unfold, because no one is perfect and everyone has their issues, no matter how rich and gorgeous you are. I thought it was also great how it explored men addressing their feelings, which you don't see much of in Hollywood and especially prevalent with Madeline's husband. A man's feelings matter, just as much as a woman's. If men and women are going to be equal, we (women) need to also take time and listen to men and not brush off their feelings as inferior to ours.
It is. In fact I think the acting is what makes the show so great, as opposed to the story itself. Not that the narrative isn't good, it's great, the acting though, with its little looks, unsaid comments and believability that only great actors can do, really brought out the emotion behind the overall theme of complex relationships, whether between a husband and wife, women to women, ex-lovers both of whom are married, parents to children, women to men, men to men and parents to teachers. The cinematography was also carefully executed and captured the magic of California's ocean side, incredible sunsets and that special groovy, naturally peaceful, atmospheric vibe that only Cali seems to have. Slap on top of that great music, which must have cost a pretty penny to use, such as Fleetwood Mac's Dreams, Janis Joplin's Call On Me, Neil Young's Harvest Moon, Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit and PJ Harvey's The Wind of but a few that caught my ear and you have the recipe for some excellent entertainment.
That's it, that's all I can tell without ruining the whole thing for you plus, I don't want to make this blog post too long.
If you've seen the show, did you love it as much as I did and if so who's your favorite character?