LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE (2020): The Things I Liked…

Little Fires Everywhere (2020), Reese Witherspoon
Little Fires Everywhere (2020), Reese Witherspoon

Set in Shaker Heights, Ohio in the 90s, Little Fires Everywhere is about two families whose lives become intertwined because of their children.

Starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, the ten-episode series is based on Celeste Ng’s best-selling novel of the same name – and it’s very well acted by all involved.

As a drama about families, the weight of secrets, motherhood and identity; Little Fires Everywhere tackles each topic in powerful and moving ways. One of my favourite moments/lines of dialogue ends with the words: ‘You won’t have to swim forever.’ I also liked the beginning when the families seemed to be getting along. The quiet before the storm.

Little Fires Everywhere (2020), Kerry Washington
Little Fires Everywhere (2020), Kerry Washington

The complexity of the characters is another highlight. You may not find one to fully identify with or completely like, but chances are you’ll see their humanity and get some understanding of their struggle, because the writing is so good.

Besides the strong focus on identity, the absence of humour as a key element and the fact that no one gets murdered, Little Fires Everywhere has a few things in common with hit series Desperate Housewives. There’s the suburban setting, the secrets and the different experiences of motherhood to name just three.

Outside of a moment in an earlier episode when I wanted things to move along a little faster, Little Fires Everywhere is worth watching for all the above reasons. So give it a chance if you’re curious.

Happy Film Loving

G

9 thoughts on “LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE (2020): The Things I Liked…”

  1. I just started watching this the other night and so far it’s really good. Reese and Kerry are great actors. You can tell how each women do indeed love their children even though they both have their own inner battles with in themselves. They both want to do be good mothers, despite some of their actions. I’m really looking forward to see how it all plays out.

    1. I’m excited for you. It’s a good one.
      You’re right indeed. From what I can see, it’s near enough impossible to be a perfect mother, just as it’s impossible to be a perfect human being. It’s good that great films and stories remind us of that sometimes.

  2. I think character development has greatly improved in both movies and TV series in the last 10 years. Showing the viewer the flaws of even the heroes of the piece. Likewise when a writer develops the character of a villain and shows over time that the “bad guy” has some redeeming qualities he or she learns during the journey of the story.

    1. You’re absolutely right. In Little Fires Everywhere, it was very interesting to see the flaws of specific characters reveal themselves as the story unfolded. It actually makes me want to read the book and see how the script differs, if at all from the authors vision for each character. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and have a great weekend. 🤓

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