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Stephanie’s Weekly Recommendation: Big Little Lies

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I hopped on the Big Little Lies wagon after the show was all done so I could mainline it. And it was very worth it. The cast is amazing: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, LAURA DERN, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz, Alexander Skarsgard, Shailene Woodley. You would think a show about a bunch of moms and kid drama would not appeal to someone who is very far removed from that world. But the key piece of that puzzle that drew me in: MURDER!

At its core, Big Little Lies is a murder mystery. We get select pieces of the puzzle through the seven episodes that once you fit them all together make absolutely perfect sense. I’m not usually a fan of Shailene’s acting (I think she’s very dry and was a poor choice for Divergent, which granted were not great movies anyway but still), but it fit super well with her character. And I guessed

I’m not usually a fan of Shailene’s acting (I think she can be very dry and was a poor choice for Divergent, which granted were not great movies anyway but still), but it fit super well with her character. So, I guess she should play more troubled, numb chicks? And I guessed THAT TWIST pretty early on. Everyone else was super great. Reese Witherspoon was endearingly frustrating; Laura Dern was hilariously over the top; Zoe Kravitz was annoyingly gorgeous; and well, I always love Adam Scott.

This show affected me in a way I did not expect. Nicole Kidman’s character is experiencing some very realistic abuse. Honestly, one of the most realistic portrayals I’ve seen, including his gaslighting, her response to it, how she discusses it in therapy, how she hides how bad it gets from her friends. Basically, it brought some SHIT up for me. And the reason I bring that up is because that made the show all the more engaging for me. It drove me to finish it. That’s a very strange reason to enjoy a show, I know. But it was (uncomfortably) relatable, upsetting, and ultimately, extremely cathartic. Maybe not everyone could handle that being right in their face after experiencing something eerily similar, but it helped me see where I’m at now. How far I’ve come in dealing with my stuff. (Or dealing with what was done to me, to be much more accurate.)

TMI, y’all, sorry. But I think it’s really important for that kind of thing to be blatant on people’s TV screens. You can see how that stuff is covered up so well in everyday life. The perfect couples are never as perfect as you think. Suffering and abuse can continue for a very long time when you can’t see a way out. And there always seems to be a reason to stay.

You will not be disappointed once the mystery is completely unraveled and revealed. I certainly wasn’t. If only, man.

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  • Reply Tim Fox

    Steph, I haven’t seen this yet–I think Ellen watched a bunch of episodes the other day–but I appreciate your honesty in this review. Kudos to you for your courage and wisdom!

    April 21, 2017 at 12:12 PM
    • Reply Stephanie

      Thanks for your comment, Tim! 🙂

      April 21, 2017 at 12:14 PM

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