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Big Little Lies Season 1 Blu-ray Review


Don’t believe the hype.

Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, “Big Little Lies” is a 7 episode HBO miniseries or limited series (whatever you want to call it). Set in Monterey, California, the story begins with a murder occurring at a public school. The story then jumps back in time leading up to that event. Aside from the murder mystery story, the series revolves around a number of families that include Madeline, her husband Ed, and her daughter, Celeste and her scumbag husband Perry and their twin daughters, and single mom Jane and her son who have just moved to town. Another mom (Renata) and her family play a key role in the series as well. The subplots largely involve Madeline’s ex-husband and his current wife, children getting in trouble at school, Perry abusing Celeste, parties, past trauma in Jane’s life, infidelity, and kids bullying each other.

As others have mentioned, “Big Little Lies” is loaded with an incredible cast and great acting and it’s certainly true. Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Nicole Kidman shine in lead roles while Alexander Skarsgard steals the show as a truly messed up husband. Zoe Kravitz and Adam Scott also shine in supporting roles. Shailene Woodley (who plays Jane) is good, but I don’t quite buy her in this role. I feel she’s a little out of her element here.

Despite the acting talent on display, however, that doesn’t mean the show is worthy of praise. There’s been a lot of mediocre or even bad series and films that boast great acting. Personally, I don’t understand the hubbub about this show. To me, it feels like an arty and more prestigious “Desperate Housewives.” It tries to be a dark soap operaish satire of marriage, family, motherhood, and suburbia, but it feels like an amalgamation of tropes from other works of art. On top of that, I simply don’t care about any of these screwed up wealthy suburbanites. It makes it difficult to invest in the series itself if I don’t care about anything happening. Still, at least the series includes a subplot about “Avenue Q.” That deserves some props at least.


Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? There’s no denying that this supremely well shot series looks sharp in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This 5.1 track delivers crisp sounding audio.

Extras: * Digital copy. * “Inside The Episode”- Very short featurettes for every episode but 2. These extras contain episode clips, interviews, character and story discussions, * “About Big Little Lies”- A featurette that includes episode clips, interviews, set footage, discussions about story and themes, and more.

Overall Thoughts: Personally, I don’t see what others see in this series. I recommend you give it a watch to see if it’s for you.

July 30, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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