Friday, March 10, 2017

‘Big Little Lies’ Tells the Truth

How the new HBO murder-mystery series gets motherhood right. Big Little Lies is a lot of things: an adaptation of one of Oprah’s favorite beach novels, a miniseries produced by its stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, an excuse for innumerable shots of the coastline near Big Sur, a murder mystery unfolding in flashback, a satire of the privileged class and helicopter parenting, a melodrama about midlife crises, and a meta-commentary on how Hollywood’s female roles are comparatively less complex than the series’ characters. While the plot of this new HBO series is moved forward by intertwined tales of mystery and friendship, its clearest preoccupationRead More →

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