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.
In my opinion there are two things that made BIG LITTLE LIES is an excellent series. First, BIG LITTLE LIES has a solid and well-written storytelling. This series succeed to mix some themes. Such as, dysfunctional family, parenting, domestic violence, crime, and thriller. That's why it made me intrigued from the beginning. Second, this series has such a talented actresses. Kidman, Woodley, & Witherspoon nailed it!
A little bit predictable, I should say. But still, it was able to bring up my moral judgment over the characters and their sub-plots. I love stories where people are just like real people: good, and evil at once. Circumstances can make that line very thin and flexible.
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.
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!
Apart from the great performances, I really loved how it explored important themes about women, how its characters evolved organically, the mixture between mystery and drama and the veil it used in the beginning, making it ressonate a soap opera only to develop into a psychological portrayal of these women. I really liked this.
Dallas buyers club was a huge disappointment for me, so i didn't expect much, all i can say now is.... only for character psychology and the acting direction this is really good. Each character is so well defined that you get involved with them on a big emotional level and it doesn't matter if they are so different to you. All 4 female main roles are amazing here, i especially like Laura Dern villain role.