HBO’s 2017 Big Little Lies makes the morning school run look like a battlefield for ambitious successful Alpha women. It’s all things, Stepford Wives, Pleasantville and Desperate Housewives with darker themes of rape, domestic abuse, emotional manipulation and murder in a wealthy Californian seaside community with large modern glass mansions which over look the beach.
While very cinematic in both luxurious soundtrack, cinematography and Oscar winning actresses, its a highly stylised but addictive high end soap opera. A production for famed U.S television network HBO it is adapted from Liane Moriarty’s best seller of the same name a novel which examines adult female friendships, motherhood and spouse partnerships in an environment of immense wealth and social competition. It’s narrative premise is based around a potential murder of a character unknown.
With so many of these women’s lives interconnected by bitching, cheating, bad relationships with men and the local elementary school their children attend it’s hard to tell who actually dies and why so far. It adds to the suspense of the programme as the characters continue to behave as cliquey high school female students despite being mothers, wives and bosses. Perhaps this is to question if all us ever really grow out of school behaviour.