(Reese Witherspoon) is as fiery and loquacious as ever, dominating
conversations and starting fights. Renata balances a sharp line
between smiling and threatening, like a caring mother with a knife for a tongue
– Laura Dern delivering her textbook cut of craziness. Jane (Shailene Woodley)
seems contented, mostly, though still endures some traumatising flashbacks.
The 'Monterey Five' are back in business
it’s not all perfect, no matter how much the designer clothes and waterfront houses
strive for that impression. There’s a darkness rising from the surface. This is
most obvious, and expected, with Celeste (Nicole Kidman) who still dreams of
her abusive husband despite his death. Violent and sexual nightmares plague her
sleep, told in scary and psychological montages.
montages are all that’s left of director Jean-Marc Vallée, whose style has been
largely abandoned by his replacement Andrea Arnold. Arnold is less fragmentary,
less driven by stream-of-consciousness editing, and more excited by the
essential conflicts floating between the characters.
Meryl Streep plays Mary-Louise with mirth and electricity
The vivid addition of Mary-Louise is part of these conflicts, as mother to
Celeste’s dead husband - played with mirth and electricity by Meryl Streep. Tears
don’t drown her face, she has no trouble stringing sentences together, and it’s
not easy to tell that she’s in mourning. She’s not to be pitied – she’s far
more interesting than that.
doesn’t trust the narrative around her son’s death, and pursues her own
investigation through passive-aggressive questions and statements. She has the exuberant reasoning of Sherlock Holmes and the witty aloofness of an Oscar
Wilde character, spilling with hilarious non-sequiturs.
Mary-Louise often stops conversations, more effectively than Madeline does, and unleashes something seemingly irrelevant. In this episode, she comments on Madeline’s height when
meeting her for the first time, saying 'I find little people to be untrustworthy’ – throwing
the latter completely off balance. Mary-Louise is endlessly unpredictable, an exciting addition to the series.
Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) is emotionally tortured after season one
(Zoë Kravitz) has the most outward struggle, as the one who ultimately killed
Perry - proving to be a more substantial character than in season one. She’s now
emotionally removed, and something of a risk. She could let the truth out, which could compromise the big, big lie they all told. It’s easy to imagine Bonnie crumbling
under the gaze of Mary-Louise, and no doubt this will happen later in the
new friendly team-up, back-biting rivalries cast aside (for the time being), is
tense, hilarious entertainment. The updated title sequence shows the five of
them walking together in slow-motion like something out of A Clockwork
Orange or Reservoir Dogs – rulers of the earth, unstoppable deities.
pride and self-centredness, their confidence of not being found out, isn’t secure.
With Mary-Louise’s constant presence among the women, especially Celeste, the
Monterey Five need to be more cautious – otherwise they’ll fall from their sun-soaked ivory towers.
Big Little Lies season 2 airs Mondays at 2am and 9pm on Sky Atlantic
|What||Big Little Lies season 2, Sky Atlantic review|
|Where||Sky Atlantic | MAP|
10 Jun 19 – 10 Jun 20, 9:00 PM – 10:10 PM
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