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    63 on Metacritic with 19 reviews. :-/ That’s likely stable leading up to the premiere. Bring on the “high-class trash,” I guess.

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    And people thought Kidman was winning awards for this lol.

    She still could very well win SAG simply because she’s Nicole Kidman in a theatrical role though…

    FYC OSCARS : VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", AMANDA SEYFRIED FOR "MANK", CHADWICK BOSEMAN FOR "MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM", PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY).

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    She still could very well win SAG simply because she’s Nicole Kidman in a theatrical role though…

    I’m pretty sure actors are also bored to watch Kidman playing a rich wife in a murder mystery as evident by BLL S2’s performance.

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    At the moment I think SAG is Blanchett vs Kidman

    For now I’m counting on Blanchett. It’s her first tv role. Some voters might think we’ve already awarded Kidman for a similar role.

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    And people thought Kidman was winning awards for this lol.

    they think she’s winning every year.

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    For now I’m counting on Blanchett. It’s her first tv role. Some voters might think we’ve already awarded Kidman for a similar role.

    I hope Blanchett wins tbh. I know it sounds like I’m rooting for The Undoing (I really am not) but Blanchett going unrewarded for such a phenomenal performance would be so disappointing.

    FYC OSCARS : VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", AMANDA SEYFRIED FOR "MANK", CHADWICK BOSEMAN FOR "MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM", PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY).

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    Episode Title: “The Undoing”

    Synopsis: Grace Fraser becomes intrigued by a young mother at her son’s school. Later, news of a tragedy rocks the school community.

    Discuss.

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    Loved it! Kidman was luminous. I’m in. Let’s go!

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    The Undoing
    “The Undoing”
    Grade: B+
    MVP: Nicole Kidman

    I can understand the idea that this could be seen as being a bit like Big Little Lies (I feel like it’s more a bit like Big Little Lies and The Night Of having a child) but I do not understand the idea that Kidman is playing Celeste here. Mainly because she’s quite loud here which she wasn’t necessarily in Big Little Lies.

    Anyway whilst she was quite theatrical and over the top here I thought Kidman was great so she’s my personal MVP although really props to Hugh Grant here for tonight’s ep too. Was a pleasant surprise to see Janel Moloney here but what is this criminal underutilisation of Lily Rabe’s talents?

    I’m addicted already. The beginning was a bit slow-burn but after that ending I’m in.

    Kelley is great at writing tense moments but I have to ask wth were some of the choices in this episode. Do they really expect us to believe a child would be interrogated alone? I mean Grant was excellent imo in this episode but there’s a part of me lowkey feeling like the whole sinister turn on RomCom sweetheart Hugh Grant tease is a bit like someone’s twitter joke. It kind of reminded me of how I felt about Bodyguard in a way (post episode 1). The tension and the shocks and twists were written so well but some of what it does to tease and thrill you is a bit silly. It’s really that which drags it down to a B+ for me.

    But anyway this is a fun watchable, addictive thriller with fantastic acting and beautiful crafts (surely it has to be nominated in cinematography, costumes, editing etc next year?). I guess after watching 5 episodes of The Queen’s Gambit what I felt drags down is it pales in comparison to it in Writing and this show isn’t really a masterpiece (which I think the former is). Based on the openers of BLL and other Kidman/Witherspoon shows I’d say this was weaker than BLL s1 and s2’s openers but stronger than TMS and LFE‘s (although I enjoyed those two as well).

    FYC OSCARS : VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", AMANDA SEYFRIED FOR "MANK", CHADWICK BOSEMAN FOR "MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM", PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY).

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    Here’s my thoughts on the first episode: https://thecinemike.wordpress.com/2020/10/26/tv-review-the-undoing-episode-1-the-undoing/

    https://thecinemike.wordpress.com/

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    This show gave me exactly what I expected from it- a decent thriller that is well shot and mostly beautiful to look at (I am not digging the blurry lenses in some of the establishing shots) with good acting. David E Kelley’s writing is easily the weakest part of the show and we’ll see how that improves as the show goes on (the book it is based on has pretty meh reviews on goodreads compared to BLL so I do not expect greatness). But I’ll enjoy guessing what is happening on a weekly basis, something I haven’t done with TV in a long time.

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    This was a fast paced murder mystery. To be honest I felt like I was watching Big Little Lies: New York for most of the episode. Kidman’s character is again the nice rich mom with seemingly cool husband. Lily Rabe’s character is basically Madeline and Elena is another version of Shaleine Woodley’s character. It wasn’t bad but I wasn’t amazed by it. It lacks the nuance and depth BLL had even though it was engaging to watch. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad show just because it lacks social commentary, it’s still a solid mystery. Acting was fine but nothing outstanding. For now I wouldn’t call any performances awards worthy. This is definitely not Hugh Grant’s career best performance, that would be an insult to his legacy. He also didn’t feel lead to me. Donald Sutherland, Lily Rabe and especially Edgar Ramirez were severely underused. I really liked the directing.

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    This is definitely not Hugh Grant’s career best performance, that would be an insult to his legacy. He also didn’t feel lead to me.

    It’s literally only the first episode lmao. Riley and some reviewers have already said he is more Lead in later episodes.

    FYC OSCARS : VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", AMANDA SEYFRIED FOR "MANK", CHADWICK BOSEMAN FOR "MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM", PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY).

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    It’s literally only the first episode lmao. Riley and some reviewers have already said he is more Lead in later episodes.

    My review is based only on the first episode. I will write my thoughts again when I get to see more of his performance. Also this show consolidated my opinion that Defending Jacob is the worst suburban mystery.

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