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Moms’ aggression makes great drama

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Photo courtesy of Hulu Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon star in a mystery mini-series on Hulu, which debuted March 18.
April 1, 2020 | Elyssa Gideon | reporter
Photo courtesy of Hulu
Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon star in a mystery
mini-series on Hulu, which debuted March 18.

An adaptation of the 2017 novel by Celeste Ng, “Little Fires Everywhere” debuted as an eight-episode mini-series on Hulu, which debuted March 18.

Although the storyline is set in 1997, the episodes go back in time on occasion to help the viewers feel those moments. There is a great awkwardness to the series showcased through the writing. This intentionally bad writing adds to the story.

Reese Witherspoon plays Elena, the rich, has-it-altogether mom with four kids in a small town in Ohio, while Kerry Washington plays Mia, the broke, single, freebird mom who bounces from place to place with her teenage daughter.
Elena attempts good deeds, but as the saying goes, “no good deed goes unpunished.”

She was unsure how to navigate the murky waters of racial political correctness, especially when it comes to the headstrong, never-back-down Mia. That starts the tension from the beginning, and it’s only even more of an emotional and psychological rollercoaster as it goes on.

Witherspoon and Washington play off each other well. While there are some awkward moments built into the storyline, both actresses show how well they convey all of the hard-hitting, emotional scenes. This is considered a drama; however, fans of psychological thrillers or mysteries will also be drawn to this mini-series.

The first four episodes exude a bit too much drama. Obviously, it’s for a show, but it could have been more realistic.

It’s a mini-series, so it is more rushed compared to a full season.
But it definitely takes away from the story feeling like the audience missed things in the middle. There wasn’t enough build-up like a real relationship might have.

The initial debut released three episodes at once; however, there has only been one released per week since.

Binge watch the previous episodes and catch episode five on April 1.

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