Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman /via IMDB
HBO’s new drama, Big Little Lies, adapted from the novel by the same name by Liane Moriarty is my new favorite show on TV. The series is filled with mystery and opens with a murder that I’m guessing is going to be detailed in the finale. We don’t know either the victim or the killer but it most probably will be one of the main stars.
Speaking of stars, the show is not lacking in major star power. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Alexander Skarsgård and more powerhouse names all come together to bring the story to life.
Reese Witherspoon as Madeline Martha Mackenzie /via IMDB
Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) is a hyperactive, soccer mom who lives to meddle in other people’s business. She seems to be caught in a somewhat loveless marriage with her husband Ed (Adam Scott), mainly because he thinks she’s still held up over her ex-husband Nathan (James Tupper) who’s now married to a younger, prettier woman, Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz), but she swears she isn’t.
Zoë Kravits as Bonnie Carlson and Reese Witherspoon as Madeline Martha Mackenzie /via IMDB
Ed and Nathan absolutely despise each other which adds to Madeline’s problems of having a big modern family. Did I mention she also hates Bonnie? Madeline takes on side projects to keep herself busy but swears by only working 20 hours max in a week because she’s a full time mom, duh!
Shailene Woodley as Jane Chapman /via IMDB
Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley) is the new mom in town. She’s young, single and genuinely a nice person. At least so far. We see her pull over and help Madeline after she sees her trip as she makes her way to the school parking lot. They instantly click and Madeline makes it her business to introduce Jane to the other moms in the school.
Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright /via IMDB
Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman), is a beautiful mom of twin boys. She’s Madeline’s very good friend and the envy of all the other moms in town. She has it all, beauty, money, beautiful children, legs for days and a handsome husband (Alexander Skarsgård) who at first seems to be very passionate with her but has a wild, dark side that Celeste is truly scared of.
Alexander Skarsgård as Perry Wright and Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright /via IMDB
Of course, she hides this ‘hellish’ secret from her friends which seems to be a thing with these women. Madeline has a secret, Jane has a secret, and so does every other mom who seems to be so prim and proper. This only adds to the speculation of who committed the brutal murder that the show is based on and who the victim was.
The Cast of Big Little Lies /via IMDB
Big Little Lies is a well done show with a beautiful mix of style, mystery and melodrama. Think Desperate Housewives meets How to Get Away With Murder. If you love either of these shows, or both, you will definitely want to check this one out.