An ode to womanhood. Beyond brilliant. The most breathtaking, addicting build-up. TV at it's bestest best. Jean-Marc Vallée & Yves Bélanger are absolutely unbelievable. Reese, Nicole, Shailene, Laura & Zoë, you portrayed the power and the fragility, strength and passion, the shit we have to put up with without ever breaking. This is us. We never go down. We don't break. This is being a woman.
A contender for best US TV Series since 'True Detective'. This Liane Moriarty novel lends itself to a series (rather than feature film) adaptation. The 7-episode arc works wonders and there is not one sequence that feels superfluous. Rather than becoming wrapped in the intricate web of a 'whodunnit', this works more due to an emphasis on complex, enigmatic characterisation. It's not Shakespeare but it is tremendous.
Apart from Celeste's tainted marriage (outstanding work by Nicole Kidman!) and Jane's "is-my-son-a-psycho?" storyline, this tasted like a mouthwatering guilty pleasure about white people's problems and middle-class dilemmas... a gourmet version of "Desperate Housewives". That being said: the episodes were fun to watch, there was a satisfying payoff in the end and I would happily tune in for a second season!
It could use a less building up with constant reminding that we're watching a murder mystery through repetitive interrogation scenes and public statements. Other than that, it introduces a characters of rich personalities, that are both charming and unpleasant at certain point - which is enough to intrigue for 6 hour movie, filled with visuals of somber postcards, delicate song selection and powerhouse performances.