Great editing skills. The dead silences, the colorful lights, timeline itself + this is the first time I actually enjoy Witherspoon (she's so good). I like how it turns out to be a story about power and community: it's striking as a media study on family representation. At the end, it's solid filmmaking with a beautiful taste - it's though through. I want more.
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!
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.